One of the most original Art Nouveau designers, Hector Guimard turned his hand to a wide range of projects. This silk panel, possibly designed as an insert for the bodice of a dress, recalls his innovative designs for ironwork used at the entrances to the Paris Métro.
the designer, Paris and New York (until d. 1942); his widow, Mrs. Hector Guimard, New York (1942–49; her gift to MMA)
Houston. Rice Museum. "Art Nouveau Belgium France," March 26–June 17, 1976, no. 369 (as "Dress ornament").
Art Institute of Chicago. "Art Nouveau Belgium France," August 28–October 31, 1976, no. 369.
Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York University Faculty of Arts and Science. "Changes in Perspective: 1880–1925," May 2–June 2, 1978, unnumbered cat. (p. 48; as "Panel").
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Century of Design, Part I: 1900–1925," December 14, 1999–March 26, 2000, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Classic/Fantastic: Selections from the Modern Design Collection," December 21, 2007–April 5, 2009, no catalogue (on view until March 17, 2008).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Modern Design: Selections from the Collection," May 30–October 5, 2008, no catalogue.
R. Craig Miller. Modern Design in The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1890–1990. New York, 1990, ill. pp. 76–77 (color, overall and detail).
Jane Adlin in "Textiles in The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 53 (Winter 1995/96), p. 63, ill. (color, overall and detail), calls it "Panel".