In the flourishing period of Secession (the end of 19th – early 20th centuries), Lviv was the capital of the Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria within the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The city was actively developing. The discovery of oil and gas fields in the mid-19th century in the Precarpathian region contributed to the opening of foreign banks’ offices in Lviv. The development of educational institutions required the construction of dormitories for students. The populationof the city was quickly increasing. All this led to a construction boom in Lviv, which was accompanied by a pursuit for a new style. For the first time in the history of construction in Lviv, the new style came into fashion without delay, synchronously with its appearance in Europe. It got the name Secession, as it was called in Austro-Hungarian Empire. Secession in Lviv developed in two directions: international, which imitated the European features of this style, and national, which reflected on the folk architecture of different nationalities living in Lviv at that time: Poles, Jews, and Ukrainians. So, the multinationality of Lviv was reflected in its architecture. For example, architect and entrepreneur Ivan Levynskyi founded an architectural bureau in 1881, bringing together a whole pleiad of young architects who designed numerous buildings in Hutsul Secession style, such as the Dnister Insurance Company, the Gymnasium of Ukrainian Pedagogical Society, etc. Motifs of the Zakopane (Polish folk) style were also popular in Lviv. Villa of L. Heller, Villa Maria of N. Luszkiewicz, and a number of tenement houses have Zakopane features expressed in rich carved wooden decor and solar signs. The Jewish Secession was characterised by oriental ornaments, the wavy shape of the attics, and other features related to religious traditions.

Meanwhile, the international trend evolved from the ornamental Secession (floral stucco ornaments), to rational Secession (majolica panels), and late Secession (retrospective historicism). Secession in Lviv lasted from 1898 until the World War I. After the WWI, the Secession continued only in the works of J. H. Rosen, who created Secessionist paintings in the Armenian Cathedral 1925-1929.

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JASPAR, Paul Architect 1859-1945
ROGISTER, Victor Architect 1874-1955
PIRNAY, Clément Architect 1881-1955
COMBLEN, Paul Architect 1869-1955
SERRURIER-BOVY, Gustave Decorator 1858-1910
DEVIGNEE, Maurice Architect 1883-1969
SNYERS, Arthur Architect 1865-1942
NUSBAUM, Joseph Architect 1876-1950
LOUSBERG François Jacques Joseph Architect 13/09/1857 – 25/09/1912
DONNAY, Auguste Painter, poster artist 1862-1921
BERCHMANS, Emile Painter, poster artist 1867-1947
BERCHMANS, Oscar Sculptor 1869-1950
RASSENFOSSE Armand Painter, poster artist 1862-1934
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CHARLIER Sébastien, CARPEAUX Carole et MERLAND Monique (dir.) Paul Jaspar Architecte. 1859-1945

Luc Pire ISBN: 978-2507004668
BIGOT DU MESNIL DU BUISSON F. et DU MESNIL DU BUISSON E. Serrurier-Bovy. Un créateur précurseur. 1858-1910

Éditions Faton ISBN: 978-2878441093
WATELET Jacques-Grégoire L’OEuvre d’une vie. Gustave Serrurier-Bovy. Architecte et décorateur liégeois. 1858-1910

Éditions du Perron ISBN: 2-87114-182-7
ASBL ART & FACT Une histoire de l'architecture à Liège vers 1900. L'Art nouveau

Édition de l'Échevinat de l'Urbanisme, de l'Environnement, du Tourisme et du Développement durable
Collectif sous la direction de CHARLIER Sébastien et MOOR Thomas Guide architecture moderne et contemporaine

Mardaga ISBN: 978-2804701925
DELVAILLE, Alice et CHAVANNE, Philippe Art nouveau en Province de Liège

Editions du Perron ISBN: 2-87114-188-6
ANCION Laurence, en collaboration avec Valérie Dejardin Itinéraires Art nouveau en Wallonie

Institut du Patrimoine wallon – Freddy Joris ISBN: 2-930466-00-6
HEBBELINCK – LANTAIR - MICHEL Liège – Architectures de la Ville – Cartes et répertoires

HLM fondation d’architecture et d’urbanisme – GAR asbl
de RASSENFOSSE-GILISSEN, Nadine Rassenfosse, peintre, graveur, dessinateur, affichiste

Editions du Perron
MICHA Edith, CHARLIER Sébastien et LAMBIET Thomas Emile Deshayes. Architecte et dessinateur (1875-1946)

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