Maison de l'Art Nouveau

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The Maison de l’Art nouveau, 1895

The Maison de l'Art Nouveau ("House of New Art"), abbreviated often as L'Art Nouveau, and known also as Maison Bing for the owner, was a gallery opened on 26 December 1895, by Siegfried Bing at 22 rue de Provence, Paris.[1]

The building was designed by the architect Louis Bonnier (1856–1946).[2] Unlike his earlier stores at the same location and nearby at 19 rue Chauchat that specialised in Japonism and imports from Asia, the gallery specialised in modern art.[1][3] The original exhibition featured windows designed by Nabi artists, including Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and made by Louis Comfort Tiffany.[3]

The fame of his gallery was increased at the 1900 Exposition Universelle, where he presented co-ordinated—in design and colour—installations of modern furniture, tapestries and objets d'art.[3] These decorative displays became associated strongly with an artistic style that was becoming popular across Europe, and for which his gallery subsequently provided a name: Art Nouveau.[3]


  1. ^ a b Martin Eidelberg and Suzanne Henrion-Giele, "Horta and Bing: An Unwritten Episode of L'Art Nouveau," The Burlington Magazine, vol. 119, Special Issue Devoted to European Art Since 1890 (Nov., 1977), pp. 747-752.
  2. ^ "Fonds Bonnier, Louis (1856-1946)". Archiwebture (in French). Ministère de la culture et de la communication: Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine. Archived from the original on 2015-12-10. Retrieved 2015-08-04.
  3. ^ a b c d Alastair Duncan, Art Nouveau, World of Art. New York: Thames and Hudson (1994), 15–16; 25–27. ISBN 0-500-20273-7

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Coordinates: 48°52′27″N 2°20′23″E / 48.87417°N 2.33972°E / 48.87417; 2.33972