Art Nouveau, French for "The New Art", 1890-1914, explores a new style in the visual arts and architecture that developed in Europe and North America at the end of the nineteenth century. In design, Art Nouveau was characterized by writhing plant forms, sinuous lines and "whiplash" curves. I made the hair in this painting have this freedom of curves and freedom from the natural world. Alphonse Mucha is my favorite Art Nouveau artist even though he disavowed the connection to this style. The model for this painting is my beautiful daughter-in-law, Christina.