Musée d'Orsay: Around 1900 : an Art Nouveau Ensemble. The Rispal Donation

Around 1900 : an Art Nouveau Ensemble. The Rispal Donation

Emile GalléVase with grapes© Musée d'Orsay, dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt
In the 1960s, Antonin Rispal (1920-2003) played a decisive role in the rediscovery of Art Nouveau in France. This internationally known collector and art dealer died leaving an exceptional collection of objects and furniture. 250 of these pieces have just been generously donated to the museum by his wife and his daughter.

Among the most famous artists represented in this collection, are Carlo Bugatti, Emile Gallé, Louis Majorelle, and there is one of only two known sculptures by Alfons Mucha: La femme aux lys (Woman with Lilies). There are also some extremely rare pieces: a needlework table by Charles-Guillaume Diehl, a dressing table by Paul Auscher and an original plaster model of a fireback by Hector Guimard. Mme Josette Rispal has also offered personally a selection of objects and paintings relating to Sarah Bernhardt.

The Musée d'Orsay is devoting a special exhibition to this exceptional and unexpected rich addition to the museum collection as part of its twentieth anniversary celebrations.


Philippe Thiébaut, senior curator, Musée d'Orsay

21 November 2006 - 28 January 2007
Musée d'Orsay

Level 2, Rooms 67, 68 and 69

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