Art Nouveau emerged in Europe at the end of the 19th and 20th centuries.
The place where Art Nouveau flourished most was Nancy, France.
And at the heart of this were the Nancy School, as Gallé and Jacques Gruber were known.
Musée de l’École de Nancy exhibits a collection of such representative Art Nouveau works.
It is not a very large museum, but the works on display are as good as those in larger museums.
It is one of the must-visit attractions when visiting Nancy.
Now let me introduce you to some of them.
Musée de l’École de Nancy
Musée de l’École de Nancy
Address：38 Rue Sergent Blandan, 54000 Nancy, France
Opening hours: Wednesday – Sunday 10:00~18:00
Closed: Monday and Tuesday.
Normal rate: 6€.
Reduced rate : 4€
Discounts available for: people aged 12-25 years, people aged 65 and over, groups of 10 or more people, etc.
Free on the first Sunday of every month
How to get there
From Nancy train station, you can either walk or take a bus.
It takes 10 minutes by bus or 20-30 minutes on foot.
The time required
Depending on the season you visit, you should only need about an hour to view the museum, even if you take a little longer.
In warmer weather, you can take a leisurely stroll through the gardens.
Opened as a museum on 26 June 1964 in the converted residence of Eugène Corbin, patron of Émile Gallé.
The collection of works began after the 1894 Lorraine Exhibition of Contemporary Decorative Arts, when 17 works by Gallé and others were collected.
The words Musée de l’École de Nancy can be found by the blue door.
A small flag is displayed on the corner of the building.
This is almost the only sign for the museum, so it is quite confusing.
It can be a bit unsettling as there is no one inside the entrance.
In a Paris museum, you have to go through security checks, so there is always someone there.
At the end of the staircase, it looks like an entrance, but it is not.
Walk along the building and turn further right.
Once inside, you can see the building and the garden, which gives the museum an atmosphere of a museum.
The entrance is located around the centre of the picture.
The building on the left is the main exhibition area.
The building is characteristically decorated.
This is an overall view of the Nancy School Museum.
The museum is in the front and the garden is at the back.
This is a beautiful garden with many flowers, depending on the season you visit.
Not so big, so it doesn’t take long
The arches have been built so they will be very beautiful when the flowers are in bloom.
At the far end of the garden is a circular pavilion, built by Eugène Corbin.
It was built in 1904 to house an aquarium.
The ceiling umbrellas have a Japanese influence.
The building has a unique atmosphere.
It was not possible to go inside on this day.
They say it is decorated with beautiful stained glass by Jacques Grüber.
If you can get in, be sure to take a look around.
As you enter the museum, the ticket counter is on the right.
Right in front of the entrance is a large table decorated with flowers.
This table also appears to be by Gallé.
With so many artworks on display, it is no exaggeration to say that everything in the museum is worth seeing.
We would like to introduce some of them in this issue.
Jacques Grüber 1870-1936
Vitrail Les Roses 1906
It is the work of Jacques Grüber, a leading Frans glass artist.
As a young man, he studied with Gustave Moreau in Paris.
It is displayed on the landing of the staircase from the ground floor to the first floor.
One of the charms of stained glass is that it can be seen from different angles and in different light.
Vitrail Luffas et Nymphéas 1907-1908
Koenig et Laffitte
Vitrail et imposte Les Ancolies 1911
Henri Bergé 1870-1937
Vitrail La lecture 1900
Émile Gallé 1846-1904
Go up the stairs to the first floor and you will see many works by Gallé in glass cases in front of you.
The names of the works are too numerous to mention, so I will give a brief introduction.
This one is quite delicately made.
The variety of forms produced is astonishing.
surtout de table Les Pontédéries 1902
It was characterised by gentle light.
lit aube et crépuscule 1904
Banquette aux ombelles 1902
Louis Majorelle 1859-1926
Bedroom of Louis_Majorelle
Lounge in Louis_Majorelle
The museum is divided into many rooms, where furniture and other objects are arranged to recreate the atmosphere of the period.
All the rooms are very nice and filled with many works of art.
Nancy School museum with a collection of Art Nouveau works, mainly by Gallé.
I visited without any prior knowledge and was more than able to appreciate the splendour of Art Nouveau.
I had not expected to see so many works by Gallé on display.
Of these, we were particularly impressed this time by the excellence of the furnishings.
The designs, and even the materials, were all of interest.
This is a great place to stop by when visiting Nancy.
We visited the Nancy School Museum first on our sightseeing route, but it is possible to make it the last stop.
However, due to the distance from the station, it is personally better to visit first, considering the time adjustment for the return journey.
And one final note on visiting the Nancy School Museum.
It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Take extra care when planning your itinerary.
Thank you again for reading to the end of this issue.
You can find out more about day trips from Paris to Nancy below.