Musée d'Orsay: Art Nouveau and Luxury Goods in France

Art Nouveau and Luxury Goods in France


Electric chandelier
Hector GuimardElectric chandelier© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay)
Art Nouveau presents itself with good reason as breaking with the styles of the past, and promoting a "modern" environment based on a revival of forms and decorations. From the point of view of work produced, on the other hand, and this in spite of its social aspirations, it belongs to the tradition of the often-expensive technical experiments that brought fame to the luxury goods industries in France throughout the 19th century and until the early 20th century.

The objects as well as the preparatory drawings presented in this exhibition are evidence of the sophistication that French manufactories and creative artists brought to the art of living.


Philippe Thiébaut, chief curator, Musée d'Orsay, Yves Badetz, curator, Musée d'Orsay

Exhibition presented in :
Tokyo, Setagaya Museum of Art, from 12 September to 23 November 2009
Hiroshima, Prefectoral Museum of Art, from 11 December 2009 to 28 February 2010
Nagasaki, Prefectoral Museum of Art, from 7 April to 13 June 2010

An exhibition organised with the Yomiuri Shimbun

12 September 2009 - 13 June 2010

Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagasaki

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