Characterized by expression in a wide variety of styles, Art Nouveau was aimed at modernizing design, seeking to escape the eclectic historical styles that had previously been popular. All visual art forms were pulled into creative expression. Artists drew inspiration from both organic and geometric forms, evolving elegant designs that united flowing, natural forms with more angular contours - forms resembling the stems and blossoms of plants - as well as geometric forms such as squares and rectangles.
What was pivotal and exciting about the Art Nouveau style was that it was a bold escape from the stuffy primness of the Victorian era and a breakthrough in expression and lifestyle. The Bohemians, devoted to an unconventional lifestyle, revolutionized a way of life in their practice of love, truth and beauty and formed communities in the company of like-minded people, with few permanent ties. Involving musical, artistic, or literary pursuits, they are seekers, adventurers, dreamers. One of the secret doors of the Art Nouveau movement was that it launched modernism, allowing artists to try mediums never before considered worthy. Artistic mediums exploded in textiles, decorative arts, inventions, fashion and architecture. Simultaneously, The Moulin Rouge evolved as a revolutionary rave scene where the well-heeled went to explore self-expression beyond the conventional principles of the past.