Art Nouveau in Prague: You can start enjoying life in the Art Nouveau style starting today
The beauty of nature, graceful feminine curves, and gently rising cigarette smoke - these are some of the themes that influenced the creative process and development of the Art Nouveau style. Read here about the new artistic wave that transcended the borders of architecture, sculpture and painting, and that would come to touch every aspect of life. It is still possible today to live in any number of noble and charming Art Nouveau buildings, and enjoy the special atmosphere of the creative fruits of the era.
The Art Nouveau era: beauty born out of protest
The Art Nouveau movement wanted to put an end to the cumbersome traditions of classical art, while at the same time responding to the turbulent 19th-century development of industry and its mass machine production. The movement longed to bring a fresh breeze not only to the arts, but to penetrate directly into all areas of modern life. Art Nouveau thus impacted and changed the artistic directions not only of painting, sculpture and architecture, but also of music and poetry, and furniture-, jewellery-, and fashion-design.
Art Nouveau architecture has left its mark on the face of many European cities
The beginnings of Art Nouveau architecture are usually dated back to the 1880s, when a movement laying new ground and setting a new direction in architecture and other areas was born among artists and craftsmen in England. By the end of the 1890's, the first residential houses in the Art Nouveau style had been built. Art Nouveau was not, however, a phenomenon affecting only the exterior and outer look the buildings: it sought a place in the everyday lives of the people.
So, in addition to designing the buildings themselves, Art Nouveau architects also proposed their interiors. Various decorative interior elements including, for example, furniture, carpets and wallpaper highlights were all realized based on the building architect’s designs, becoming an integral part of the experience of the space. Architects played with subtle shades of colour, natural motifs, and sophisticated ornaments. The result were harmonious interiors in the typical Art Nouveau style, characterised by intertwined flowers and leaves, wavy lines highlights, and paintings of beautiful ladies that brought a sophisticated hint of eroticism.
Architects and designers of the period were especially fond of fauna and flora; birds and butterflies play a central decorative role, as do elements from the plant kingdom, especially including lilies, irises, orchids, poppies, water lilies, birches, and willows; grapevine designs are a particularly typical Art Nouveau theme.
Art Nouveau period architectural gems are as attractive to home-seekers as ever
To talk about the famed Municipal House, Industrial Palace in Prague 7, Vinohrady Theatre, and Hotel Evropa, is to name just a few of Prague‘s important and iconic Art Nouveau buildings. In addition to these remarkable structures, there are many rather more "subtle", but equally beautiful finds throughout the metropolis. And since some of them are residential, and you can even live one!
For example, this unique apartment and its unforgettable atmosphere awaits in Mala Strana. You can gaze at Petřín or enjoy views of Prague Castle and the historic city center from the top floor of this Renaissance and Art Nouveau semi-detached home. The luxurious apartment and its 7 + 1 layout will provide you with plenty of room even if you decide to continue in the legacy of what is probably the most famous Czech artist of the Prague Art Nouveau - Alfons Mucha.