A pack by Grimauld dated 1980 and titled "1900"and was designed by Marie Christine Schira.
The "Art Nouveau" style engendered a variety of artistic expressions in architecture,painting,etching and decorative art beginning in the second half of the nineteeth century and ending with the outbreak of world war one. Fashion designs and 1900 society fell deeply under its influence as evinced by the initiation of new art schools,particularly the school of Nancy created by Emile Galle with adherents such as Prouve,Majorelle and Gruber.
King of Hearts- Emile Galle. A master cabinetmaker, inlay designer and manufacturer in earthenware, he also revealed an extraordinary talent in the composition of new forms in glass.
Queen of Hearts- Sarah Bernhardt. Famous for her talents in the theatre, she was often a source of inspiration for E. Galle for whom she symbolised "Light", he dedicated numerous vases to her.
Jack of Hearts-Baron Victor Horta. A Belgian architect whose decisive influence on Art Nouveau in Belgium produced a style which combined strict and formal exterior lines with Opulent interior decoration.
King of Spades- Victor Prouve. Draughtsman,painter,etcher,sculptor,decorator and jeweler, he played an active part in the school of Nancy.
Queen of Spades- Loie Fuller. An American dancer who inspired a great number of architects,painters and etchers with her performance where colour and light,together with the billowing and swirling of her many veils,exercised great fascination upon her audience.
Jack of Spades- Hecter Guimard. AFrench architect who, besides his other works, createed the extraordinary entrances for the Paris Metro stations and often used ceramics as a medium in his work.
King of Clubs-Jaques Gruber. Known for his decorations in stained glass, he also devoted his work to etching and designing furniture for Majorelle. The floral motif is paramount in his designs.
Queen of Clubs- Golden Helmet (or Casque d`or) The 1900 woman has often been a source of inspiration in art. Golden Helmet was a french woman known as Casque d`or because of her hair, she lived in the 1900 period and launched a particular fashion in clothes and hairstyle.
Jack of Clubs- Louis Comfort Tiffany. Tiffany an American was one of the great masters in the art of Glass manufacture, he created Favrile glass, multicoloured glass containing beutifully curved forms.
King of Diamonds- Louis Majorelle. Finding in nature his main source of inspiration, Majorelle became a master in the art of cabinetmaking and in marquetry, he was also a wrought iron worker and decorator in various types of material.
Queen of Diamonds- Countess Greffulhe. One of the most beutiful women of the 1900 period, her charm and personality fascinated E. Galle and her salon in Paris was immensely popular.
Jack of Diamond- Antonio Gaudi I Cornet. A Spanish architect whose work seemed mostly based upon geological inspiration. Gaudi`s buildings in Barcelona embody the Art Mouveau style.
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