19th and 20th Century French Decoration by primusboy

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									19th and 20th Century French Decoration
During all the governmental upheavals that took place before the Republic
was permanently established, France had little opportunity to do original
work in the area of decorative pursuits. Well satisfied with past
accomplishment, 19th Century French decoration offered little that was
new until designers sought to create a new style by deliberate neglect of
tradition.
Art Nouveau is no longer new in France or elsewhere and went through many
phases in its persistent endeavor to produce something altogether
different from the accomplishment of the past. The Exposition of
Decorative Arts, held in Paris in the summer of 1925, offered little that
surprised any one familiar with the various cults that are striving by
juxtaposition of lines, planes, and color combinations to gain a new mode
of artistic expression, typical of the new era in modern innovation and
world progress generally.
The consensus of opinion was that more was accomplished in French
textiles, especially printed textiles, than in any other department of
decorative art. Tattle that was applicable to modern living and
especially to the modern home was shown, but much was done in the working
out of color effects that were suggestive for the more striking
decoration of rooms not constantly lived in, such as lunch and tea rooms,
restaurants and clubs.
The important feature of the trend in modern French work seems to be the
addition of decorative lines which have little relation to structural
forms. We find this particularly in furniture design. Other features are
the accenting of highly polished richly grained wood surfaces and much
use of silver and gold in large areas.
Wild animal rugs are much used on floors, fabric patterns have a tendency
toward cubistic design and ceilings and over-mantel paintings are used to
exhibit the work of modern French painters. Metal work, glassware, and
lighting fixture have been given much thought, and due to the fact that
structural qualities in these materials are less important, the freedom
shown in their design has been more national.
France today offers the interior decorator the unsurpassed
accomplishments of her great historical periods, but is also courageously
if often unsuccessfully, striving to bring into some useful form her
glimpses of what shall be in future days.
This author is a freelance marketing writer based out of San Diego, CA,
specializing in interior design, home improvement, and the history of
different cultures interior design habits. Another article on french -
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