Since its creation, the Musée d'Orsay has been anxious to assemble a significant collection of such drawings, some of which hail from the collections of the most emblematic artists of their day such as Viollet-le-Duc, Lassus, Bracquemond, Bugatti, Gallé, Lalique, Van de Velde...
This exhibition airs many stunning examples; from a design for a soup tureen for the Maison Odiot to a setting for ostrich eggs by Zoegger, from Rudolphi's jewellery designs to Grandhomme's projects for painted enamels; some drawings are highly finished whilst others offer a quick stylisation which presages industrial design. Seen together, the exhibits give an excellent overview of the rich variety to be found in ornamental and decorative art drawing, whether it be the encapsulation of the first germ of a creative idea which either did or did not come to realisation, or the only remaining trace of a vanished object. To complement some of the designs, a few objects from the collections will be exhibited alongside.
Olivier Gabet, curator, Musée d'Orsay
Periodical48/14, La revue du musée d'Orsay, issue # 21, Autumn 2005
Musée d'Orsay / Réunion des musées nationaux