A style most popular in the late 19th and early 20th century. It was internationally well regarded despite its rather short popularity. It was a style opposed to the onslaught of academic art and historicism of the 19th century. Art Nouveau first began to appear in Brussels in architecture and interior design, favoring flowing curves and warm tones inspired by natural forms. It bridged the gap between the fine arts and applied arts, such as textile, jewelry, ceramics, etc.