Art Nouveau, used here as a broad term for the period between 1880
and 1920, encompasses a range of styles that complement each other.
In terms of typefaces, Art Nouveau typography is represented primarily
by floral, organic forms that are plantlike in shape and detail. Pronounced
modulation in strokes, often tapering from capline to baseline, as well
as bulbous, stylized serif endings, integrate with sinuous curves and
broad, heavier weights to create a sensuous movement among letters.
Hybrid serif/sans serif forms allude to the transition between the centuries,
referring to early modernist styles such as Arts & Crafts and Jugendstil.
Additionally, early grotesk sans serifs that still retain a sense of their
origins in brush drawing may be counted among Art Nouveau styles.
Unlike later sans serifs of the Machine Age, these typefaces tend to be
more condensed overall, with smaller x-heights than their later counter-
parts, and exhibit a noticeable contrast between thick and thin strokes.
Some decorative elements, such as swash forms or exaggerated legs, tails,
and bowls—in the R, Q, and lowercase g respectively—contribute to the
flowing quality of Art Nouveau type style.
Segueing from the Victorian eras bitty ornamentation into the first
phases of modernism, Art Nouveau celebrated the natural and organic
while paving the way for the rational aesthetic of the early twentieth
century. These two seemingly opposing visual languages inform the
Art Nouveau eras typography and color.
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Absinthe
Stylized Sans Serif |
Condensed |
Pronounced Contrast |
Device
www.devicefonts.co.uk
rianhughes@aol.com
44 (0) 7979.602.272
P22 Dard Arts & Crafts Tall
Stylized Sans Serif | Condensed |
Exaggerated Counters | All Caps
with Selected Alternates |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
P22 Lindum
Semi-Serif | Lesser Contrast |
Light Weight |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
Orlando
TM
Graphic Serif | Medium Weight |
Outline | Swash Detail |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Rialto
TM
Serif | Medium Weight |
Reduced Contrast | Stylized
Terminals | Condensed |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
P22 Mucha
Stylized Sans Serif |
Erratic Contrast | Runic Detail |
Medium Weight |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
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P22 Parrish Hand
Stylized Sans Serif | Light
Weight | Extra Condensed |
All Caps with Alternates |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
Arnold Boecklin
TM
Regular
Serif | Bold Weight |
Fluid Ductus | Swash Detail |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
P22 St. G Schrift One
Sans Serif | Medium Weight |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
Eckmann
TM
Graphic Sans Serif | Bold
Weight | Notable Modulation |
Brush Detail | Condensed |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
P22 Terracotta Regular
Semi-Serif | Uniform Light
Weight | Baseline-Shifted Caps
with Lining Small Caps |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
P22 Terracotta Alternates
Semi-Serif | Uniform Light
Weight | Caps with Alternates|
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
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P22 Dard Hunter
Serif | Condensed | Medium
Weight | Swash Details |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
Widoveil
Stylized Sans Serif | Bold
Weight | Extended |
Garage Fonts Type Foundry
www.garagefonts.com
info@garagefonts.com
800.681.9375
Toulouse Lautrec:
Moulin Rouge Outline
Stylized Sans Serif |
Light Weight | Condensed |
T.26 Digital Type Foundry
www.t26.com
info@t26.com
888.T26.FONT
Toulouse Lautrec:
Theatre Antoine
Stylized Semi-Serif | Uniform
Medium Weight | Condensed |
T.26 Digital Type Foundry
www.t26.com
info@t26.com
888.T26.FONT
JY Arts & Crafts
Stylized Sans Serif |
All Caps with Alternates |
Medium Weight |
JY&A Fonts
www.jyanet.com/fonts
Toulouse Lautrec:
Le Chat Noir
Stylized Semi-Serif | Uniform
Medium Weight | Condensed |
T.26 Digital Type Foundry
www.t26.com
info@t26.com
888.T26.FONT
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P22 Vienna Regular
Stylized Sans Serif |
Pronounced Contrast | All Caps
with Selected Alternates |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
P22 Salon Full
Stylized Semi-Serif | Flared
Stems | Medium Weight |
Condensed |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
Auriol
TM
Roman
Graphic Serif | Medium
Weight | Script and Swash
Detail | Detached Strokes |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
P22 Eaglefeather Bold
Stylized Sans Serif |
Uniform Medium Weight |
Erratic Posture |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
P22 Founders
Stylized Serif | Medieval
Details | Pronounced
Contrast | Medium Weight |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
Toulouse Lautrec:
Le Petit Trottin
Stylized Semi-Serif | Slight
Modulation | Condensed |
Erratic Posture |
T.26 Digital Type Foundry
www.t26.com
info@t26.com
888.T26.FONT
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