Emile Gallé remains for eternity the artist of Art nouveau glass, Louis Majorelle is indeed the man of wood. As “industrial” cabinet maker, he succeeded in creating a strong and different way inside the Ecole de Nancy: the Majorelle style, made of dynamics, fluidity and modernity. His high sensibility towards innovation is still noticeable in the production of the twenties, and in the creations of the Majorelle factory in the late fifties.
The museum of the Ecole de Nancy will relate this creative adventure through the very first exhibition devoted to Louis Majorelle and his factory between 1880 and 1940.
This appointment with one of the most remarkable personality of the Ecole de Nancy and of the history of decorative arts will show the originality and the versatility of Majorelle’s internationally renowned work. Divided in five sections, the route will retrace the succession of Majorelle styles, from the last years of the 19th century until the functional furniture of the forties, then enlighten the stakes and ambitions for a twentieth century art industry, and finally reunite some of the sophisticated ensembles created during these fifty years of production.
170 works, some of them still unpublished, belonging to the Ecole de Nancy museum, private and public collections, in France or abroad, will be showed and a catalogue, directed by Mrs Roselyne Bouvier, curator of the exhibition and Professor of contemporary art history at the Ecole Supérieure d’Art in Epinal will be published on this occasion.