The Troubadour style

When, a few years after the French Revolution, the artists of the Salon are seized by a passion for the medieval past, the critics invent a word that will have an important destiny : the Troubadour style. Crossing the Neo-Gothic and Neo-Renaissance styles, the Troubadour style characterizes all decorations inspired by History as well as legends, […]

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The Art Deco style

At the beginning of the 20th century, the enthusiasm for the dazzling progresses of industries stimulates a stylized, geometrical art, revealing the beauty and richness of the new world. As soon as 1910, early refined and regular-shaped works are realized, distancing themselves from the Art Nouveau asymmetries and undulations. It is in 1925, at the […]

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The Restoration style

  Following the Empire, the Restoration (1815-1830) prolongs the Neoclassical taste while clearing the decorative arts of imperial emblems and rigidity. This style opposes delicacy and suppleness to the ostentation and rigidity of the Directoire. Charles X especially promotes continuity with the forms of the Ancien Regime. Turned in this way towards the past, the […]

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The Regence Style

Sophisticated and courteous, the Regence style develops for the aristocracy’s taste for playful and intimate atmospheres. King Louis XIV’s passing away in 1715 also sounds the death knell of his classic and solemn style; his regent brother, Philip of Orleans, highlights the evanescent fantasies of Watteau as soon as 1717.Unlike the Louis XV style, the […]

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Art Nouveau style

Fascinating art of the Belle Epoque, the Art Nouveau is opposed to traditional forms, in favor of sensuality, of the vividness of swaying lines, mysterious arabesques, asymmetries, of everything able to glorify nature. The name "Art Nouveau", referring to French and Belgian works, has his equivalents in Catalan Modernismo, German Jugendstil or Vienna Secession, for […]

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