Photographer's Note

Hector Guimard is just 33 years old when he is chosen by Adrien Bénard, president of the Paris Metropolitan Railroad Company to design all the entrance points of the metro, the brand new Parisian means of transport that will be put in service for the 1900 World Fair. Guimard conceives his entries, like the rest of his work, in the pure style "Art Nouveau" which he accompanies the development in France. This style is characterized by a strong vegetal inspiration and sinuous and dynamic lines. The entries designed by Guimard are of two types: the simple descents not covered and the kiosk.
The first are the most numerous. They include a cast iron fence surrounding three sides of the staircase that descends underground. On each side of the entrance, Guimard drew a street lamp with an orange bulb partially concealed under a leaf that gives it the appearance of a sprig of lily of the valley. Between the two lampposts, a transverse panel bears the mention "Metropolitan" inscribed with a curved handwriting that seems to be handwritten. Source :

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