29.Avenue Rapp,The Art Nouveau masterpiece, Paris
29 Avenue Rapp is situated in the Eiffel Tower Quarter of Paris, an area where everything is on a monumental scale. A prime example of Art Nouveau architecture, architect Jules Lavirotte has created a doorway lavish in its use of flower motifs intermingling with female figures, in a manner that is deliberately erotic and which was considered subversive at the time of its completion in 1901.
The door on 29 Ave. Rapp is considered to be Lavirotte's greatest masterpiece. It is crowned by a woman's head, who is said to have been Lavirotte's wife, and depicts nude sculptures of Adam and Eve after they had been banned from the Garden of Eden. The carved wood and magnificent worked iron are typical of Lavirotte's talent and style.
Jules Aimé Lavirotte
Jules Aimé Lavirotte (Lyon, March 25, 1864 - Paris, March 1924) was a French architect who designed no fewer than nine buildings still standing in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, or in immediately surrounding arrondissements. His flamboyant work won him acclaim among his contemporaries, and won him the Concours de Façades de la Ville de Paris on at least two occasions: once for the building at 29 Avenue Rapp (1901), and again for the Ceramic Hotel, 34 Avenue de Wagram (1904).
Lavirotte was born in Lyon, and went on to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Lyon, where he was a pupil of Antoine Georges Louvier (1818–92). He subsequently studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris under the tutelage of Paul Blondel (1847–97), and gained his architect's diploma there in 1894.
29. Avenue Rapp (1901)
The large scale deployment of glazed earthenware on the facade of this building is the first example of its kind in the West. Glazed tiles embedded in the stone and in the bricks are the work of ceramicist Alexandre Bigot; the building proved to be an effective advertisement for his wares. It was very lavishly adorned even by the standards of the many ceramically finished facades that were built in the following years, which were for the most part appointed this way because this was a way to protect and beautify the iron and concrete materials whose use was fast becoming the standard. The building at 29 avenue Rapp also had a highly exotic door frame designed by the sculptor Jean-Baptiste Larrive, and sculpted by Messrs Sporrer, Firmin-Marcelin Michelet, and Alfred Jean Halou. (Source: wikipedia & aviewoncities.com)
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dkmurphys (57073) 2012-08-24 1:07
A wonderful style of architecture and decorations. I like your detail very much, well seen!
carlo62 (45902) 2012-08-24 1:10
ottimo esempio di Art Nouveau, portone e cornice sono splendidi ed i vasi dei fiori sopra ravvivano il tutto.
Quasi macabra quella che sembra la riproduzione stilizzata di un teschio sul portone.
lousat (89252) 2012-08-24 1:55
Hi George,i like a lot this style "fin de siecle" and this is a magnificent example.Great capture from the best point of view and magnificent details and colors.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
SnapRJW (31629) 2012-08-24 2:21
Hello George - What a fine example of Art Nouveau design this is, a real delight to see. The detail is superb and you have presented an image to be studied and enjoyed. Warm regards and TFS Rosemary
Graal (102482) 2012-08-24 3:03
Jó napot George,
beautiful portal and door here. Good title, it's masterpiece and artistic work. Nice vertical format and presentation from Paris.
Have a nice WE.
JFS (32459) 2012-08-24 3:06
You say well; a masterpiece in Paris, and your shot can't be better: perfect light and frame. Bravo!
Royaldevon (37647) 2012-08-24 3:12
Yes, this is perfect art noveau, with its fluid, organic style and shapes. You were right to capture it symmetrically, which emphasises the pattern.
Excellent sharp details, with natural colours.
Have a good day,
sacimar (26205) 2012-08-24 4:25
this is a beautiful entrance, I like the work of art you show here, details are impressive, the flower is a good complement, well done,
Have a good weekend,
jhm (150858) 2012-08-24 4:40
One wonderful taken image, with a very high quality.
A pity the owner had the entrance not perfect maintain.
Also a wonderful subject.
Wonderful picture excellent sharpness and clarity.
Excellent composition, nice presentation, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
snunney (96767) 2012-08-24 4:48
I don't think I've come across a subversive doorway before! A well framed capture of this Art-deco masterpiece. Superb tones and textures. I like the contrasting red tones offered by the flowers.
Highmountains (2674) 2012-08-24 5:06
The clarity and the sharpness of the shades of colour of the doorway is excellent. The masterpiece of a doorway by Jules Lavirotte has been very well captured. The proportions are truly amazing.
The composition is farther enhanced by the elegant dispaly of potted plants and flowere on the window sill above the door. The details of the artistery appropriately gives a rough texture to the photograph.
Thanks for sharing.
Sergiom (76415) 2012-08-24 5:15
On pourrait se trouver aussi à Barcelone dans cette image. L'architecture est remarquable et très bien reproduite dans cette image.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-08-24 6:14
this is beautiful! So full of wonderful intricate detail and so sharply captured. The light is perfectly managed and I like the glimpse of the chimneys opposite in the window. Exquisite!
Have a great weekend - Brian.
jjcordier (79297) 2012-08-24 22:38
Tu me fais découvrir cette incroyable porte Art Nouveau que tu as remarquablement photographiée. Quelle richesse de décor!
francio64 (39888) 2012-08-24 23:37
bellissima porta e ottimo dettaglio architettonico a fare da cornice.
emka (94518) 2012-08-24 23:59
Hi Georgy, fantastic Art Nouveau doors, real masterpiece. Superb presentation, perfect cut. Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!
Warm regrads MAlgo
jemaflor (95421) 2012-08-25 2:27
Nice details with this original door, well seen and presented, sharpness is ideal, well made.
siudzi (34141) 2012-08-25 2:57
What an amazing entrance you have found! The design with all decoration elements is absolutely gorgeous. Love it! Perfectly executed image with fantastic sharpness and composition. TFS.
Have a nice Saturday!
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-08-25 4:36
It is indeed a masterpiece, a creation reminiscent of a Venetian mask. The details are superb. The light, colors and sharpness are excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice day
danos (96171) 2012-08-25 22:35
Good morning George,
a really diamond of the exterior door of this house as is one of the best sample from the Art Nouveau masterpieces.I like the excellent presentation with the details to are captured perfect with some of the trekkers that collect doors, to be the best one.
Have a good dSunday,Danos
amaryllis (36705) 2012-08-26 1:18
cette entrée est remarquable de par son architecture et il est impossible de passer à côté
une belle lumière inonde l'ensemble qui fait ressortir d'excellents détails
siamesa (28117) 2012-08-26 2:11
Bom dia George
Spectacular work of Art Noveau. This door is superb. Beautiful details.
Angshu (56750) 2012-08-27 2:26
This is something I didn't know of! The artwork is wonderful & your note explains the perspective well! The symmetrical shot does justice to this work of art & the colours are good with good details! Fine work!
macjake (66648) 2012-08-27 6:10
Now you see, thats a doorway!
Perhaps I can get the same door put into the front of my house! haha.
Its a fine display of Art Deco, well presented to us the viewer in full frontal!
excellent subject with fine detailing.
Cricri (117365) 2012-08-27 10:54
Merveilleuse oeuvre d'art, grande finesse dans les détails aussi bien de la porte et de son contour, belle lumière et cadrage
smash2707 (3320) 2012-10-11 18:13
You are helping me to rediscover Paris. I love art nouveau and I never saw this. Nice crop to emphasize this great masterpiece
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-08-12
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/90 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-08-24 0:43