The style emerged in France and Belgium in the late 1880s and in Germany around the turn of the twentieth century and is widely known as the beginning of modernism.

Amanda Dunsmore, NGV Senior Curator, discusses works in the NGV Collection that showcase the inspiration behind this art movement and the widespread influence it would have.

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Christopher Dresser, Elza Josephson, Ernest Bussiere, Ernst Ludwig, Joseph Maria Olbrich, Kolomon Moser, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Paul Follot