The founding principles of Art Deco

The furniture in this room illustrates the transition from Art Nouveau to Art Deco around 1910, a time when the last Art Nouveau artists were active alongside designers such as Léon Jallot and Eugène Gaillard and the advocates of a new form of decorative art. The innovators who foreshadowed Art Deco represented two major categories: decorators such as Paul Iribe and Paul Follot, who advocated a return to tradition, and proponents of color such as Clément Rousseau, Clément Mère, André Mare and Louis Süe, who worked with shagreen, dyed leather, lacquer and painted wood, heralding the richness of Art Deco materials.

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