Art Nouveau

One of the best examples of Art Nouveau architecture rests at 29, avenue Rapp, just steps from the Eiffel Tower.

The Art Nouveau style prevailed from 1890 to 1905. It was born from an intellectual desire to break from the classical forms of the academy as well as industrial and economic progress that allowed for the manufacture and use of new materials. Recall that the Eiffel Tower itself was constructed for the World Exposition of 1889.

Art Nouveau is eclectic, a-symmetrical and fantastic in design. It is characterized by curvilinear forms inspired by vegetal and animal shapes. Butterflies, swans, iris and orchids are common influences. Often, Art Nouveau architecture features female figures, multicolored façades and the use of a numerous decorative materials, such as stone, stucco, ceramic and bronze.

Designed by Jules Lavirotte, 29, avenue Rapp has astonishing exuberance and harmony. It was awarded the Prix des Façades in 1903 by the city of Paris


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