Faire le mur ; quatre siècles de papiers peints au musée des arts décoratifs

Faire le mur ; quatre siècles de papiers peints au musée des arts décoratifs
Faire le mur ; quatre siècles de papiers peints au musée des arts décoratifs


Under the supervision of Véronique de La Hougue
Texts of Astrid Arnold-Wegener, conservatrice, Jérémie Cerman, Marco Costantini, Olivier Gabet, Jean-Louis Gaillemin, Philippe Renaud

Weight : 470 g

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22 x 28 cm
Arts Decoratifs Ucad
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This book was published on the occasion of the exhibition "Faire le Mur. 4 siècles de papiers peints" presented at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, from January 21 to February 12, 2016.

Since the 18th century, wallpaper has been used in all areas of the house, adorning walls with borders and repetitive patterns, dressing cupboards, chests or screens, decorating door tops and fireplaces, and decorating accessories. But above all, wallpaper builds the wall, decorates it, and allows you to escape from the room it covers. This book declines six ways in which the wallpaper can be used to embellish the interiors, inviting us to a subjective journey in the very vast collections of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, from the eighteenth century to the contemporary period. Six texts of mood were thus entrusted to authors chosen for their relevant glance on the interior decoration. Have been selected gouache sketches, wallpapers with repetitive patterns, decorations, panoramic wallpapers, borders and bases, commercial models or hand screens and screens. We see the wallpaper filled with flowers and foliage or populated with birds, playing trompe-l'oeil to simulate fake architectures or antique decorations; it can on the contrary turn its back on the illusion and be a simple support for games of arabesques or abstract geometric patterns; it is sometimes narrative, featuring characters whose story it tells or alluding to literary references. By its power of evocation, the wallpaper is the privileged place where the imagination and the fantasy are embodied. In this book, the layout plays on the confrontations and superimpositions to better make feel the extreme variety of the patterns. This book finally gives an overview of the richness and diversity of the wallpaper collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.