Why Budapest Is Famous For Its Art Nouveau Architecture

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The Art Noveau (“New Art” in French) was a popular style of art between 1890 and 1910, known as Jugendstil, Modernisme and Secession. In Hungary it was quite popular; some of the country’s most famous architects designed buildings in this style. Some of them were inspired by traditional Hungarian decorative designs, Transylvanian traditions, or Far East (Indian or Syrian) style. Here are 15 of the most famous ones.

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Thonet House, Budapest (Ödön Lechner, 1890)

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Museum Of Applied Arts, Budapest (Ödön Lechner and Gyula Pártos, 1893-1896)

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Lindenbaum House, Budapest (Frigyes Spiegel, 1896-1897)

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Institute for Geology, Budapest (Ödön Lechner, 1898-99)

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Postal Savings Bank, Budapest (Sándor Baumgarten and Ödön Lechner, 1901)

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Cifra Palace, Kecskemét, Hungary (Géza Márkus, 1902)

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Bedő House, Budapest (Emil Vidor, 1903)

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Gutenberg House, Budapest (László and József Vágó,1905)

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Gresham Palace, Budapest (Zsigmond Quittner, Laszlo and Jozsef Vago, 1907)

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Gellért Baths, Budapest (Artúr Sebestyén, Izidor Sterk and Ármin Hegedűs, 1909-1918)

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Árkád Bazaar, Budapest (an old toy store, by László and József Vágó, 1908 )

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Palace Of Culture, Targu Mures, Romania (Marcell Komor, Dezső Jakab, 1911-13)

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Fasori Reformed Church, Budapest (Aladár Árkay, 1913)

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Vocational Secondary School Of Tradee Of The 8th District (Béla Lajta, 1909-1913)

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Wekerle estate (Károly Kós, 1908-1925)

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DISCUSSION

Hmm... perhaps I'm only versed in the French Tradition/definition of Art Nouveau, but a lot of this seems Deco/neoclassic to me. You need a strong naturalistic style (elements/angles/curves drawn from nature) for it to be Art Nouveau. Not trying to pick a nit, again I may just not be versed in what the Hungarians call Art Nouveau. To be fair, this is a bit more "Rennie McIntosh" than Mucha/Klimt.