Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer (French, Algiers 1865–1953 Le Vésinet)
Oil on canvas
82 5/8 in. × 9 ft. 10 1/8 in. (209.9 × 300 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1966
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 813
Lévy-Dhurmer entrusted the execution of his designs to a number of highly skilled makers. The woodwork and furniture were made by Édouard-Louis Collet, who covered the door and wall panels with perfectly book-matched quartered walnut veneer inlaid with purplish amaranth wood representing clusters of wisteria blossoms. The embossed leather chair upholstery was supplied by M. Leroy-Desrivières. The wool carpet was woven at the centuries-old Manufacture des Gobelins in Paris. The bronze-and-alabaster standing lamps were made by Falize Frères, a renowned Paris firm that produced high-end metalwork and jewelry. The fireplace surround was handworked by the metalsmith Jean Dunand.
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right): Lévy-Dhurmer/ 1914
Auguste Rateau, Paris (commissioned 1910–14 for his apartment, 10 bis Avenue Élysées Reclus; d. 1930); René de Montaigu, Paris (1950–66; purchased in 1950 with the lease for Rateau's apartment; sold to MMA)
Pascal Forthuny. "L'Art Décoratif Moderne: Une salle à manger du peintre Lévy-Dhurmer." La Renaissance de l'art français et des industries de luxe 2 (July 1919), pp. 290–94, ill.
Penelope Hunter in "Western European Arts." Metropolitan Museum of Art: Notable Acquisitions, 1965–1975. New York, 1975, p. 256, ill.
Carol Vogel. "Inside Art: An Art Nouveau Room Thick With Wisteria." New York Times (November 23, 2007), p. E38.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. New York, 2012, p. 408, ill. (color).