The Art Nouveau movement brought a new style to visual arts and architecture in Europe and Prague. It was developed by a brilliant and energetic generation of artists and designers, Alfons Mucha (1860-1939) being the most distinguished Czech visual artist of the Art Nouveau movement. Art Nouveau designers believed Art should work in harmony to create a total work of art in buildings, furniture, textiles, clothes, and jewelry; all should conform to the principles of Art Nouveau and Art should strive to be a part of everyday life. Art Nouveau was characterized by flower and leaf motifs intertwined with lovely ladies and new modern production methods, methods which tried to erase the fine line between fine and applied arts, or the classical and the modern, hence the name New Art. Mucha left his influence and his legacy in the city of Prague, as there are many fine examples of Art Nouveau architecture in this city.