22 October 2015 : Ecole de Nancy Museum

« On the 22nd of October, 2015 we visited the Ecole de Nancy Museum in the context of course French language and culture. We had a meeting in the garden of the museum’s building which is located in the former property of Jean-Baptiste Eugene Corbin, the most important patron and collector of École de Nancy artwork.

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  • The oak door was created in 1897 by Eugиne Vallin on the request of Emile Gallé for his workshop, located on avenue de la Garenne in Nancy.
  • The funerary monument, erected in 1901 at the Preville cemetery in Nancy, is the work of the architect Girard and Parisian sculptor Pierre Roche.
  • The pavilion aquarium is attributed to the architect Lucien Weissenburger. The door and the window fanlights are decorated with Jacques Gruber‘s stained glass.

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After that we met our guide inside the museum, she showed the whole collection and told us its history.

The Ecole de Nancy (or The School of Nancy) was founded by Emile Galle (1846-1904) and his collegues in the movement Art Nouveau appeared and spread across the globe from 1880. Moreover, it was a manifestation of the refusion of Alsace and Moselle regions’ annexion by the Prussians in 1871. At this school, a group of artists stemming from a diverse range of artistic disciplines (sculptors, glass-workers, engravers, cabinet makers, architects etc.) worked together and created unique pieces of art.

In the museum there are represented the furniture, the objets of art, the glasswork, the ceramics and the fabric attesting the diversity of the techniques employed by the École de Nancy artists. These objects are the realizations of a virtuous technique as well as widely produced and diffused works of art:

  • Le Rhin (« the Rhine ») table by Emile Gallé. This table was exposed during the international fair in Paris, to symbolize the river Rhin as a natural border from germany, and the invasion from them to that area.
  • Few of 400 glass and ceramic works by Emile Gallé presented in the museum. The different kinds of glasses showed in exhibition showed us the technical evolution from his work, since the beginning pieces of art very transparent and simple to complicated glass hands at the end of his artistic production.
  • Grand piano by Auguste Majorelle

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Our tour was very cognitive, we had learned the appearance of a living room, dining room and bed room in the style of Art Nouveau. All exhibits impressed with its complexity and beauty of the performance. The works represented in the museum were made by such great artists like Emile Galle, Louis Majorelle, Victor Prouve, Jasques Gruber and others. We are very grateful to our guide for the competent and interesting tour.

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  • The living room of the end of XIX century
  • Masson dining room by Victor Prouve. One thing that impressed us the most, was an interesting concept applied to the dining room from the picture above, is that every sense is supposed to be exalted while eating, the sense of smell, touch, sight sound and specially taste, those senses where represented in the dining rooms ceiling.
  • The Aube et Crépuscule (« Dawn and Twilight”) bed by Emile Gallé. The bedroom from the picture above was aimed to represent the cycle of life of a human being, since its born to his dead, it was a new thing to see art within pieces of furniture, which for us was something completely new.

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With PERCCOM we had discovered Nancy in a cultural and linguistic aspect. This cultural event gave us an opportunity to see the art, culture and lifestyle of the 20th century. After this tour, we know about the French culture and want to improve our French language much more. »

Valentin, Felipe et Aigerim