Light up your life in style with Art Nouveau antique lamps
It was 1861 England when the Art Nouveau movement kicked off, but it didn't really take off until 1890. When it finally reached the heights of its popularity, it captured the imagination of thousands for just over a decade. When 1905 rolled around, its popularity faded. Looking for a spark of design inspiration? Check eBay’s selection of gorgeous Art Nouveau lamps online today.
The history of Art Nouveau
The Art Nouveau movement was a reaction to the artistic movement of the time. While it originated in England, the term itself is French for ‘new art’. It's easily recognised, characterised by plant and organic motifs and highly stylised form. Whiplash is used to describe the violent curves often featured in Art Nouveau pieces. It fell out of favour as quickly as it arrived, quickly replaced by the modernist styles of the 20th century.
Some of the biggest names of the time, though, including Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Aubrey Beardsley and James Abbott McNeill Whistler, dabbled in the form.
Art Nouveau today
It wasn't just art that was swept up by the Art Nouveau movement. The style also heavily influenced architecture. Some of the most stunning examples include the Horta Museum in Brussels, Barcelona's Casa Batllo and the Secession Building in Vienna. It was a style that swept across Europe for decades, even though its peak was short-lived. There are some artists who still create in the style today.
Buy Art Nouveau lamps online
You can celebrate Art Nouveau today in many forms, one of the best of which is a beautiful lamp. But that’s just the start on eBay. Choose from thousands of lamps, or check out our collection of antique ceramics and porcelain or antique clocks. Shop a wide variety of antique products on eBay today and find fantastic Art Nouveau pieces and other classic looks.