How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    The Paris World's Fair of 1900 (also known as The Exposition Universelle) was held in Paris between 15 April and 12 November. On display were many new inventions: matryoshka dolls, Diesel engines, talking film, and the telegraphone. But more importantly, the architecture and design of this World's Fair brought the wonderful Art Nouveau style into popular culture. These photos and illustrations of the Fair show why the world fell in love with Art Nouveau.

    A view of the Exposition Universelle

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    The Eiffel Tower with the Globe Céleste, the icon of the Exposition Universelle

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    Crowds arriving at the Place de la Concorde on double deck cars, the monumental gate by Binet

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    The Grand Entrance

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    Ancient Paris, a recreation of the medieval Paris and the Palais of the Land and Sea Forces on the other side of the river

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    The illuminated Eiffel Tower, erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to a previous World's Fair

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    The Chateau of Water, Palace of Electricity and Palace of Chemical Industries, as seen from and under the Eiffel Tower

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    The Avenue Nicholas II

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    The Avenue Nicholas II, looking towards the Dome of the Invalides

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    The environs of the Trocadero

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    The Palace Lumineux

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    Champ de Mars

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    A road between pavilions

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    The national pavilions

    Belgium (left) and Finland (right)

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    Germany (left and below) and Sweden (right)

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    Italy

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    Russia

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    The Austro-Hungarian Pavilion

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    United States

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    The Dutch East Indies Pavilion, a replica of Candi Sari, a 8th-century Buddhist temple in Indonesia

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    Algeria

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    Norway

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    (via Societe Anglaise)

    Romania

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900

    (via Modernism)

    Indo-China

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    (via Exposition Universelle 1900 and belleindochine)

    The Le Tour du Monde pavilions displaying a collection of exotic oriental architectures – a Siamese pavilion, a Japanese pagoda and an Indian pavilion.

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    (via Boston College)

    Cambodia

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    Sudan and Senegal

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    (via Brown University)

    The Grand and the Little Palace

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    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    A Perfumery in the Department of Chemistry

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    Inside the Palace of Electricity

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    Inside the La Salle des Fêtes

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    The Palace of Optics

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    Manufacturer's and Liberal Arts Building

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    Commercial Navigation Building and Quai d' Orsay, France

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    The Commercial Navigation, Industrial Arts, Electrical sections and the main hall in the United States Pavilion

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    A sculpture exhibition at the Grand Palace

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    (via Brown University)

    The Palace of Horticulture

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    The Agricultural Section with the shop of Chocolat Menier

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    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    Palace of Forestry, Hunting, Fishing and Gathering

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    Inside the Hungarian Pavilion

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    Palace of Decorative Arts with glass items of Crystallerie de la Pantin, a well-known glass maker

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    A giant telescope in the Palace of Optics

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900SHow the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    (via Wikimedia Commons 12)

    Cinéorama, an early film experiment by Raoul Grimoin-Sanson. It simulated a ride in a hot air balloon over Paris.

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    The system consisted ten 70mm movie projectors and a 90x9 (295x29.5 ft) metre screens.

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900

    It lasted only three days, because it was shut down by the police for safety reasons: the projectors lights caused extreme heat.

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    (via Wikimedia Commons)

    A moving sidewalk

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    And here's how it moved.

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    A rolling platform 30 ft. above head with steel rails and the sidewalk

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    How the Paris World's Fair brought Art Nouveau to the Masses in 1900S

    (via Brown University)

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    The photos above are from Brooklyn Museum and The Library of Congress, made by Henry William Goodyear, except when noted otherwise.