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Summary:Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann (1879–1933), a designer of genius, was one of the great masters of the decorative arts in the twentieth century. His artistry was acclaimed at the renowned Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs in 1925 where a truly “Ruhlmann style” was presented in all its luxury and classical elegance.
This catalogue offers a unique survey of Ruhlmann’s production with works from public and private collections. The many illustrated sketches form his archives, shown alongside the completed works, clearly exhibit his gift for bringing together symmetry and grace in a perfect harmony of design. Ruhlmann’s decorative ensembles reveal his constant striving after a total universal work of art.
At the same time, designer, artist and director, Ruhlmann was above all an exceptional orcherstrator of form and colour in modern life, an artist whose many talents captivate us now more than ever.
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