Steampunk art is a stylistic forum used by many artists attempting to convey particular ideas. Common themes in steampunk art are ones concerning the advancement of technology, over-industrialization, and sometimes corruption. Steampunk artwork can be whimsical and humorous, or dark and thought-provoking.
Art Nouveau versus Art DecoEdit
Art Nouveau began in 1880 and lasted until about 1910. Art Deco began in 1910 and ended right around 1939 with the start of the WW2. The two are often confused despite the fact that Art Nouveau embraced nature and handwork, while Art Deco embraced industrialism and the machine made. Both styles still have healthy followings with many fans who overlap in their fondness for the two styles. Think of them this way: Art Nouveau: Steampunk; Art Deco: Dieselpunk.