I've been watching a fabulous BBC documentary called Sex and Sensibility: The Allure of Art Nouveau. The documentary features artists and artisans and the art nouveau movement as a whole in three cities: Paris, London and Vienna. One thing I learnt was that the art nouveau movement was only around for a brief 15 - 20 years and then it was dropped like a hot potato. Additionally, I also learnt that the artists and artisans of the Viennese branch of the Art Nouveau movement, the Vienna Secession, were the rebellious punk rockers of their day. Finally, I was reminded that Aubrey Beardsley was a cheeky boy genius who died much too early at the tender age of 25. I learnt a lot more than that actually, but I think you'll have to watch the series yourself to fully grasp and understand the history and significance of this fine art movement. I thoroughly recommend it for art lovers and history buffs alike. Meanwhile, please enjoy the Aubrey Beardsley illustrations I have here from here.