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A style which originated in the 1880s and lasted until the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, encompassing the decorative arts, design, and architecture. Its characteristics were the use of flowing, expressive lines and whiplash curves, flower and leaf motifs, and female figures with long, undulating hair. The style developed in Britain from the Arts and Crafts Movement, but influences also included Japanese art, Rococo, and Celtic art. From Britain it spread rapidly across Europe and North America. Designs could be seen in The Studio and Jugend magazines, at large international exhibitions, such as in Paris in 1900, and in department stores, such as Liberty in London.

Text source: OUP source: The Oxford Concise Dictionary of Art Terms (2nd Edition) by Michael Clarke

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