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Side chair

Artist:
Eugène Gaillard (French, Paris 1862–1933 Paris)
Date:
1900
Medium:
Walnut, leather, brass nails
Dimensions:
H. 37, W. 18, D. 23 in. (94 x 45.7 x 58.4 cm)
Classification:
Woodwork-Furniture
Credit Line:
The Cynthia Hazen Polsky Fund, 1991
Accession Number:
1991.269
Not on view
This chair was designed as part of the furnishings of a model dining room in the pavilion "L'Art Nouveau Bing," at the great Exposition Universelle Internationale of 1900 in Paris. It was Gaillard's first major opportunity to display his designs and the exhibition established him virtually overnight as a foremost disciple of the modern movement. The chair, with its fluid lines and the embossed tracery of whiplash curves on the amber leather back epitomizes the art nouveau style.
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. "A Curator's Eye: J. Stewart Johnson, 1990–2004," March 1–November 6, 2005, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Highlights from the Modern Design Collection: 1900 to the Present," June 23, 2009–May 1, 2011, no catalogue.

Roberta Waddell, ed. The Art Nouveau Style in Jewelry, Metalwork, Glass, Ceramics, Textiles, Architecture, and Furniture. New York, 1977, p. 256.

Gabriel P. Weisberg. Art Nouveau Bing: Paris Style 1900. Exh. cat., Virginia Museum of Art, Richmond. New York, 1986, pp. 176, 179.

J. Stewart Johnson in "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 1991–1992." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 50 (Fall 1992), p. 61, ill.

Kathleen Howard, ed. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. 2nd ed. (1st ed., 1983). New York, 1994, p. 462, no. 54, ill. (color), calls it "Sidechair".



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