The art nouveau movement began fading away just as silent cinema matured. But you can often see its influence in promotional art for films of the 1920s: conspicuous decorative designs, warm color, flowing curves and a celebration of beauty for its own sake.
At the same time, of course, the artwork had to sell a movie. But art and commerce weren’t necessarily in conflict back then.
Here’s a little selection of images reflecting the afterglow of art nouveau in the Roaring Twenties.
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– – – Christopher Snowden