Finland was also represented in the European Art Nouveau movements, with the movement "kansallisromantiikka" (romantic nationalism) or Jugend. At that time, Finland was struggling to obtain its independance from Russia and as many of the Art Nouveau movements it was deeply rooted in its national style/specificities and trying to do something really modern. A lot of the buildings built at that time in Finland were taken as models for modern architecture later. Especially the work of the trio Lindgren, Saarinen and Gesellius and their masterpiece : the central railway station of Helsinki

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There style was largely influenced by the English Arts & Crafts movement.

This wonderful Art Nouveau door reminds of course the work of Olbrich in Darmstadt.
The owl is the most represented pattern in Finnish Art Nouveau. Nature is a source of inspiration for Art Nouveau artists (both plants and animals).
This late Art Nouveau/Jugend villa adopts more geometrical lines. It was built by Selim A. Lindqvist in 1910.

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