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Art Nouveau could be called an anarchist movement. It was born of discontent with the governments, the art worlds, the establishment across Europe and around the globe. It represented the anxiety of change, of uncertainty about new technology that was sweeping in change. Above all, it was the expression of movement – wild, organic lines created by artists and performers such as Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, Mucha and Loie Fuller; designers like Galle, Guimard, Henry van de Velde and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The Design Gallery’s passion for Art Nouveau has spanned 18 years.