Designed by Hector Guimard / Panel / ca. 1900Designed by Hector Guimard
ca. 1900

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Creator Name: Guimard, Hector
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Designer
Creator Dates/Places: French, 1867-1942
Creator Name-CRT: Designed by Hector Guimard
Title: Panel
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1880
Creation End Date: 1920
Creation Date: ca. 1900
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: Textiles-Embroidered
Materials and Techniques: Silk and paint on silk
Dimensions: W. 18 in. (45.7 cm), L. 27 in. (68.6 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 49.85.11
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Hector Guimard, 1949

Guimard, who studied at the École des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, is best known for his architectural achievements at the end of the nineteenth century, including several entrances for the Paris Métro. His designs were a unique version of Art Nouveau, the style that developed in Europe as a reaction in part to a mechanized world brought on by the Industrial Revolution and in part to the then-outmoded historical revivalist styles prevalent during the second half of the nineteenth century. Art Nouveau embraced a return to natural, organic forms, incorporating sensuous curves and elaborate flourishes. Guimard envisioned his architecture as a totality, within which interior space, decoration, and furnishings corresponded to the exterior structure and appearance of the building. Thus every detail of upholstery, wall and floor coverings, ceiling ornaments, hardware, and fixtures was a part of his creation. This silk panel conveys Guimard's brilliant elegance and sensuality. Its strongly marked lines seem to take possession of the form. The panel, possibly an insert for the bodice of a dress of cream-colored silk tabby, is embellished with machine embroidery in white and ivory silk and worked in stem and satin stitches. Parts of the design are painted light tan with black details.

AMICA ID: MMA_.49.85.11
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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