When artists of the western world first encountered Japanese ukiyo-e paintings and woodblock prints, they were struck by their irregularity, curved lines and vibrant colours. The ukiyo-e style was vastly different from the prevailing historical styles in Europe.
Ukiyo-e art strongly influenced the birth of the Art Nouveau (“new art” in French) movement. Art Nouveau, defined by linear designs and flowing curves based on natural forms, set off new directions for many artists. These included Antonio Gaudi, Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet.
In Romance du Art Nouveau, Simone’s 2016 collection, the oriental elements of ukiyo-e meet the resplendent touches of Art Nouveau, reigniting the magic of modern Art Nouveau in the 21st century.