Hector Guimard
French, 1867 - 1942
Jardinière, c. 1900

H. 8 x W. 40 x D. 9 in.

During the 1890s, Hector Guimard helped create French Art Nouveau by advocating a style based on organic forms and exuberant ornamentation. For the 1900 Exposition Universelle, he designed new subway stations for the Paris Metro using those ideas. The most imaginative artist working in Style Metro, Guimard devised compositions that followed a natural rhythm, surging upward like a plant. He designed this jardinière (flower box) for a balcony, and it aptly shows his unique ability to endow cast-iron with a sense of fluidity. The piece is one of the few works by Guimard in an American collection.