The Ecole de Nancy
The Town of Nancy, already rich of a XVIIIth century heritage, one and a half century later was the witness of a new dynamism in the field of decorative arts and became together with Paris, one of the most important places of Art Nouveau in France. Through the decisive impetus given by Emile Gallé, glass-maker, ceramicist and cabinet-maker, an alliance of artists and industrials of art gathered together in 1901 under the name of “Ecole de Nancy”. Using plants as a main source of inspiration, Gallé, Majorelle, Daum, Prouvé, Gruber, Vallin and others had conferred on art objects of an artistic quality and a new social dimension with a production where unique masterpieces keep close to industrial pieces. The original aspect of the Ecole de Nancy lies in the fact that there is a close bond between art and industry. This development is accompanied by technical innovations in fields tackled by these artist (glass, ceramics, textile, leather, metal) which allows the creation of new objects (in the design and in the materials used).

Nancy and its 1900 heritage
The Art Nouveau buildings by Emile André, Lucien Weissenburger and also by Henri Sauvage (architect of the Majorelle Villa) were able to create the artistic and functional spirit of the Ecole de Nancy in the urban space. More than one hundred buildings (commerce, coffee houses, apartment buildings, banks…) resolutely “new” are still important in the landscape of Nancy today. Settled in the old property of Eugène Corbin, – main patron of that time – the museum of the Ecole de Nancy collects together art objects (glass, ceramics, furniture, lights, bookbinding…) signed by the most important artists of the Ecole de Nancy. The Fine Arts Museum of Nancy hosts a collection of more than three hundred Daum glasses and presents a number of masterpieces of the painters of the Ecole de Nancy : Emile Friant, Victor Prouvé, Camille Martin and Henri Royer.

Image artist function date
Emile Gallé glass maker, cabinetmaker, ceramist and art industrialist 1846-1904
Louis Majorelle cabinetmaker, ornamental wrought iron maker and decorator 1859-1926
Victor Prouvé painter, sculptor, engraver and decorator 1858-1943
Antonin Daum glass maker and art industrialist 1864-1930
Auguste Daum glass maker and art industrialist 1853-1909
Eugène Vallin cabinetmaker and architect 1856-1922
Jacques Gruber painter, glass maker and decorator 1870-1936
Emile André architect 1871-1933
Camille Martin painter and decorator 1861-1898
Lucien Weissenburger architect 1860-1929
Emile Friant painter and decorator 1863-1932
Charles Fridrich upholsterer and decorator 1876-1952
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Valérie Thomas (sous la direction) Emile Gallé et le verre. La collection du musée de l'Ecole de Nancy

Paris, Somogy éditions d’art, Nancy, musée de l'Ecole de Nancy ISBN: 2-85056-737-X
Christophe Bardin Daum 1878-1939. Une industrie d’art lorraine

Metz, Editions Serpenoise ISBN: 2-87692-590-7
Philippe Thiébaut Les dessins Gallé

Paris, Réunion des Musées Nationaux ISBN: 2-7118-2681-3.
Christian Debize Emile Gallé & l’Ecole de Nancy

Editions Serpenoise ISBN: 2-87692-345-9
Francis Roussel Nancy Architecture 1900 I-III

Editions Serpenoise ISBN: 2-87692-135-9
François Loyer (commissaire générale) L’Ecole de Nancy, 1889-1909, Art Nouveau et industries d’art

Editions de la Réunion des musées nationaux ISBN: 2-7118-3843-9
Roselyne Bouvier, Valérie Thomas, François Parmentier, Jérôme Perrin Album, Musée de l’Ecole de Nancy

Editions de la Réunion des musées nationaux ISBN: 2-7118-4132-4
Françoise-Thérèse Charpentier, Christian Debize, Michel Herold, Philippe Husson, Brigitte Petit, Bernard Ponton, François Roth, Philippe Thiébaut Art Nouveau, l’Ecole de Nancy

Editions Denoël et Serpenoise ISBN: 2-207-23400-2
Philippe Thiébaut Emile Gallé. Le magicien du verre

Paris, Découvertes Gallimard ISBN: 2-07-030132-X
Valérie Thomas (sous la direction) Le Musée de l'Ecole de Nancy. Oeuvres choisies

Paris, Somogy éditions d’art, Nancy, musée de l'Ecole de Nancy ISBN: ISBN 978-2-75-72-0248-7
Valérie Thomas (sous la direction) Gallé au Musée de l'Ecole de Nancy

Courtrai, Editions Snoeck, Nancy, musée de l'Ecole de Nancy, 2014 ISBN: ISBN 978-94-6161-201-4

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