Georgian Art Nouveau
It is interesting what the situation in Georgia was when the European architecture and visual art stood on the verge of revolution, or what was going on in the alternative Georgian society and in the social field. Public-cultural life run quite actively that time in Tbilisi, which significantly encouraged the development of the new art. It turned quite easy for Art Nouveau to find its place in Tbilisi, in the city which always honors fashion, style and uniqueness. Moreover, the Georgian new art really tried to be more Georgian rather than European or Russian.
Tbilisi widely opened its heart to the style which combined different art fields and was individualistic. The quality of construction started to be more in focus that time than in earlier years, consequently, several of the Art Nouveau buddings still decorate the city. The Georgian Art Nouveau is easy to detect with its dynamic facades, sculptured elements, painted halls and wide arches. All such buildings, as the stile itself, are very individual. However, the Georgian National Bank building on the Leonidze street in Tbilisi, which was built in 1910 according to the Ohajarovi project, is still an exception with its risalites, tondos and flachreliefs of Mercury and Pluto. Such distinguished examples of Art Nouveau are found in Paris, Athens and Riga. The central shop of Tbilisi, Melik Azariantsi house and Apolo cimena are the inheritance of Art Nouveau.