HAPPY BIRTHDAY Hector Guimard
Lyon, March 10, 1867 – New York, May 20, 1942
I have been in love with the work of this man for a long time and I didn’t know him!
I didn’t know who was the brilliant mind behind those beautiful buildings, furniture and objects. Hector Guimard was the best-known representative of the French Art Nouveau style of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Guimard was as much a designer and engineer as he was an architect, and involved himself in every aspect of his buildings.
Its critical reputation has risen since the 1960s, as many art historians have praised his architectural and decorative work, the best of it done during a relatively brief fifteen years of prolific creative activity.
Guimard, famous for designing the entrances to the Paris metro, did many more projects; he incorporated the principles of the Art Nouveau style in his works, always having shapes of plants, flowers, flowing lines and aggressive curves.
It is a shame that a large number of his buildings have been demolished, many of which he watched vanish. He left an obscure legacy marked by a disappearance of much of his work.
He made so many things that I wouldn’t have enough space to place them here and to chose them was a real pain, because I wanted all of them…
I found this amazing set on Flickr with more of his beautiful work: