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Although Art Nouveau had failed to take hold in England, north of the border Charles Rennie Mackintosh developed a version of the style that was unique to Glasgow by taking elements from canada goose coats the Arts and Crafts movement, Japonism and traditional Scottish architecture, and combining them with a colour scheme of heathery purples, misty greys and muted pinks and greens inspired by the landscapes surrounding the city.

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The diversity in Art Nouveau may come as a surprise but as Greenhalgh notes style wasn defined simply by how things look, it was also an intellectual and ideological outlook. And as art historians are just beginning to find out, that outlook spread far further than had previously been thought into canada goose uk outlet Lithuania, Latvia, Russia and beyond revealing an even greater array of regional variations of the style. It appears nature was a powerfully malleable muse.

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