Straight lines vs curvilinearity  

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The figure to the left is curvilinear. Illustration: Bouba/kiki effect (1929)
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The figure to the left is curvilinear.
Illustration: Bouba/kiki effect (1929)

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

20th century art can be divided along two axes, 'straight lines vs curvilinearity':

  1. Straight lines and geometric designs: art deco, International Style, De Stijl, minimalism, cubism
  2. Curvilinearity: Art Nouveau, Symbolism, Surrealism, biomorphism, organic architecture

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