This three-part lecture series is a preface to the fall 2021 North Carolina Museum of Art exhibition "Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau Visionary" (October 23, 2021, to January 23, 2022). Art Nouveau, popular between 1890 and 1910, was the first important international style since the Gothic art of the Middle Ages. The aesthetic philosophy of Art Nouveau, typified by sinuous organic curves, aimed to reunite the fine and decorative arts. Lectures will detail the stunning structures and interior designs of Victor Horta in Brussels and Hector Guimard in Paris, and the iconic Catalan modernism of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona. This “new art” style began with the graphics of Toulouse-Lautrec in Paris and Aubrey Beardsley in London, and reached its height in the illustrations and graphic design of internationally famous Czech artist Alphonse Mucha. October 13 Art Nouveau, Brussels, Paris, and Influences October 20 Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona October 27 Alphonse Mucha | Lecture + Q&A.