What is remarkable about Nancy is that its architectural heritage spans many centuries. I could easily have created a photo essay about its mediaeval town or its rococo square, Place Stanislas. But it is the art nouveau that somehow catches everyone by surprise. After the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71 when Alsace and part of Lorraine were ceded to Germany, many artists in the occupied territories emigrated to Nancy, then on the border of France. Together with the native French, they created a unique style, called the Nancy school of art nouveau. Its main features were the mixing of materials (brick, wood, glass, ceramics & iron), the big reference to nature, the ‘Japonnairie’, and the reference to Gothic.
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Suggestions to visit:
Villa Majorelle visits only by appointment Sat, Sun 2:30pm and 3:45pm. Ask at the Ecole de Nancy museum below or the Tourist Office of Nancy.
Musée de l’Ecole de Nancy 36-38 rue de Sergent Blandan
Rue Félix-Faure, a 1900-1910 Estate in Nancy designed by César Pain.