Jules Aimé Lavirotte (Lyon, March 25, 1864 - Paris, March 1, 1929) was a French architect who is best known for the Art Nouveau buildings he created in the 7th arrondissement in Paris. His buildings were known for his imaginative and exuberant decoration, and particularly for his use of sculpture and glazed ceramic tiles on the facades, made in collaboration with leading sculptors and the ceramic manufacturer Alexandre Bigot. He was three times awarded prizes by the city of Paris for the most original facades, for the Lavirotte Building at 29 Avenue Rapp (1901), for the Ceramic hotel, 34 Avenue de Wagram (1904), and for the building at 23 avenue de Messine (8th arrondissement) in 1907.
29 Avenue Rapp, 7th arrondissement (1901)
The large scale deployment of glazed earthenware on the facade of the Lavirotte Building in 1901 was the first example of its kind in the West. Glazed tiles embedded in the stone and in the bricks are the work of ceramicist Alexandre Bigot; the building proved to be an effective advertisement for his wares. It was very lavishly adorned even by the standards of the many ceramically finished facades that were built in the following years, which were for the most part appointed this way because this was a way to protect and beautify the iron and concrete materials whose use was fast becoming the standard. The building at 29 avenue Rapp also had a highly exotic door frame designed by the sculptor Jean-Baptiste Larrive, and sculpted by Messrs Théobald-Joseph Sporrer, Firmin-Marcelin Michelet, and Alfred Jean Halou.
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Well done Janine, I think you have managed to fulfil all the elements of the challenge brief here! What a beautifully ornate doorway, thank you for your helpful and informative comments. The doorway itself, actually looks rather intimidating, like an alien about to consume you as you enter. The lighting is quite sympathetic with good detail throughout, although the door itself is a little vignetted it helps emphasise the middle doorway itself. I find the three items, 2 yellow and black and white oval in the lower right, whatever they are, rather distracting and feel they would be better cloned out.