Jean-Camille FormigéProject for the 1889 Universal Exhibition, facade of the Palais des Beaux-Arts© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / DR
Responsible for important restoration works of historical monuments, for municipal realisations and private creations, Jean-Camille Formigé (1845-1926) realised numerous urban projects and took up a passion for funeral architecture. The development of architecture in metal made it possible for him to exploit his skill as a colourist, especially with the Palais des Beaux-arts et des Arts libéraux, built for the 1889 universal exhibition. An important fund of drawings concerning the building of these two pieces of architecture, recently acquired thanks to the society of the friends of the Musée d'Orsay, was the object of this documentary exhibition.
Curator Caroline Mathieu, chief curator, Musée d'Orsay