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Ornament and Expressive Lines: Nature and Symbol in Victor Ruprich-Robert's Flore ornementale

Ghoche, Ralph

This chapter examines the work of Victor Ruprich‐Robert (1820–87), an architect and leading reformer of ornament during the Second Empire, and situates it within the crisis of meaning in ornamentation in mid‐nineteenth‐century France. Particular attention is given to Flore ornementale, Ruprich‐Robert's major work on ornamental design, first published in 1866, and republished in expanded form in 1876. The chapter locates the main ideas set forth in the book at the intersection of new ideals in philosophical aesthetics and the natural sciences appearing in France in the 1850s and 60s.

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Companions to the History of Architecture, Volume III, Nineteenth-Century Architecture
John Wiley & Sons

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Architecture (Barnard College)
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March 3, 2020