Victor Horta, like many architects at the turn of the century, wanted to eliminate the distinction between major and minor arts by creating immersive environments.
His images of towering women and mind-bending vegetal forms, found many audiences through theater posters for Sarah Bernhardt and rolling papers.
The Morgan Library and Museum continues to spotlight some of its glittering books beneath the revamped lighting in its historic 1906 McKim Building.
Emile-Allain Séguy was enamored with the overlooked wonders of the natural world.
Art Nouveau’s organic shapes surfaced thanks to some underwater inspiration.