Decorative Arts

Decorative ArtsA collective term to describe embellished or adorned objects, such as ceramics, enamels, furniture, glass, metalwork, and textiles, especially when used as interior decoration. Traditionally the Decorative Arts were separated from the “Fine Arts” (painting, sculpture, printmaking) based on functionality and intended purpose. In Art Historical terms Decorative Arts are sometimes referred to as the “Minor Arts.” Art Nouveau sought to eliminate the distinction between the Arts by creating objects of beauty and elegance that also served a functional purpose beyond being purely aesthetic.


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French Art Nouveau Lithograph, "La Plume - Zodiac," by Alphonse Mucha
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Mucha — ML-18442
French Art Nouveau Lithograph, "La Princesse Lointaine" by Alphonse Mucha
Mucha — ML-18570
French Art Nouveau Lithograph titled "Hamlet", by Alphonse Mucha
Alphonse Mucha — ML-19238