Art Nouveau (also known as Belle Epoque) was an art movement (including architecture, applied art, and decorative arts) that began in France in 1870. This movement was heavily influenced by popular fine art movements before it’s time. Artists of Art Nouveau would often create images of women that would have been scandulus for their time. Curves and motifs of nature (such as floral swirls) were also very popular for this movement of art.
Art Nouveau is seen as the golden era amongst art and design professionals and is now being adapted to the tattoo industry.
This style is not to be confused with Art Deco.