New Art – Art Nouveau

Voted best facade in Paris 1901, the front door of the building caused scandal when on closer inspection the door clearly represented male "rude bits".
Voted best facade in Paris 1901, the front door of the building caused scandal when on closer inspection the door clearly represented male “rude bits”. A photo I took in Autumn.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “New.”

I would like to take an opportunity to celebrate Siegfried Bing, an enterprising German chappie whose shop, Maison de l’Art Nouveau gave the name to the entire art and design movement at the turn of the previous century.

He began his career importing Japanese items to Paris and published a monthly journal, Le Japon Artistique, which influenced people like Gustav Klimt and was crucial to the Japanese influence on the new artistic style.

His store was no cheap bargain mart, Henry van de Velde designed the interior of the gallery, while Louis Comfort Tiffany supplied stained glass. Bing then filled it with exquisite items ranging from fabrics designed by William Morris, glassware by Tiffany, jewellery by Edward Colonna, paintings by Édouard Vuillard, ceramics by Rookwood Pottery Co. of Cincinnati and the Grueby Faience Company of Boston and furniture by Eugène Gaillard just to name a few, while continuing to supply le Bon Ton with exotic items from Japan and the East.

All of Paris went gaga for his wares and I am sure that those living at 29 Avenue Rapp in the Lavirotte building would have made a few judicious purchases to add to their vitrines.

By 1905 it was all over and everything new became old and Art Deco replaced Art Nouveau. What new and exquisite items will K Mart be offering the  jeunesse dorée of 2015 I wonder?

This door caused controversy when people detected a phallus in the decoration.
This door caused controversy when people detected a phallus in the decoration.
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