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Werkstatt der ‘Société van de Velde’ in Ixelles, um 1899, rechts vorn Henry van de Velde

Back of The house Hohe Pappeln (High poplars" was the private residence of the Belgian architect and designer Henry van de Velde (1863-1957), who came in 1902 as artistic adviser of the Grand Duke Wilhelm Ernst of Weimar.

Henry van de Velde, 1897, Art nouveau-Mobilier belge, arts précieux

The curved "Secession desk" by Henry van de Velde combines elegance and functionality in perfect shape. In the background, a glass-fronted bookcase, which the GNM after Van de Velde show acquired in 1993. ("Der geschwungene „Sezessions-Schreibtisch“ von Henry van de Velde vereint Eleganz und Funktionalität in schönster Form. Im Hintergrund ein verglaster Bücherschrank, den das GNM nach der Van de Velde-Schau 1993 erwarb")..

The Art Nouveau oeuvre of Henry van de Velde (Antwerp, 1863 - Zürich, 1957) is characterized by an interplay of active dynamic lines. This serves to create a harmony between the constructive idea and the ornament. The ornament is not a décor in itself but performs an almost didactic duty as a functional element in space. In Van de Velde’s work there is a distinct reconciliation between functionalism and logical design, which sets him far apart from the floral symbolism of, for instance, the…