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Floral Tapestries and Furnishings from Past to Present

From 09 April 2013 to 01 January 2014

Greenery adds to the scenery

'In Praise of Greenery' is an exhibit that is currently running at the Galerie des Gobelins in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. This art gallery is inviting visitors to explore the universe of vegetal and floral representations as they appear in furnishings. It does this by putting on display more than 100 works, including rugs and pieces of furniture dating from the 16th century all the way up to the present century.

The Galerie des Gobelins is an establishment dedicated to furnishings, so it is appropriate that this gallery should offer a perspective on nature's place within the realm of interior decorations.

The exhibit will showcase numerous artists who demonstrate how the artistic perception of nature has evolved over time. According to societal shifts in taste as well as the development of new techniques, decor items such as tapestries, which usually included some depiction of flora or nature, began to take on different forms throughout time. These forms can clearly be seen in the exhibit.

'In Praise of Greenery' is organized thematically instead of being organized by date. This allows visitors to see how works from various time periods reference each other and develop from what has come before. As a result, the classic themes of seasonal cycles, landscapes and flowery bouquets are revealed in a striking manner.