Keys for … Art Nouveau

Picture : The Castel Beranger, from Hector Guimard 

Art Nouveau was prominent in Europe between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century (until the First World War).
In France, Belgium, Italy and Spain it was characterised by curved lines, sometimes referred to as whiplash. Architects were inspired by nature, particularly plant life
and furniture reflected the designs of the Louis XV style.
In Austria, a more linear style influenced art deco.

Where can you see examples of Art Nouveau in Paris?


Despite there being few remaining examples of this type of architecture in Paris (particularly compared to Nancy), there are some magnificent specimens in the capital, mainly by the architects Hector Guimard and Jules Lavirotte.

By Hector Guimard :

  • The underground entrances (Monceau, Dauphine, Abbesses, etc.)
  • The Castel Béranger
    This is an exceptional investment property (divided into rental flats) from 1898 located at 14 rue Lafontaine in the 16th arrondissement, underground: Jasmin. It is a fabulous example of a total piece of art, where the Art Nouveau style is used from floor to ceiling, including the door handles. With a bit of luck, you may manage to slip into the entrance to the building.
  • The Art Nouveau synagogue, 10 rue Pavée, 4th arrondissement, in the Marais district, underground: Saint Paul

By Jules Lavirotte :

Also worth visiting :

  •  The FNAC building (former Magasins Réunis), 26 avenue des Ternes, 17th arrondissement, underground: Ternes, with stained glass windows by Gruber, the famous master glassmaker from Nancy (major French Art Nouveau town)
  • The building 134 rue de Courcelles, 17th arrondissement, underground : Ternes, from The architecte Theo Petit and the sculptor Binet
  • The former Félix Potin shop, 140 rue de Rennes, 6th arrondissement, underground: Rennes
  • The Notre Dame du Travail church, 36 rue Guilleminot, 14th arrondissement, underground: Pernety. Inside there is a steel structure from the Eiffel workshops.


Furniture and objets d’art

  • The fine collection at the Orsay Museum in particular : Louis Majorelle furniture and glassware by Daum and Gallé, members of the famous Nancy school