Notes on the Geography of France: Paris 3: Modern: Photo 10
A few bits survive of Hector Guimard's Art Nouveau ironwork at the metro stations. The style, though it looks old, was daring at the time because it broke away from the models that had dominated architecture for centuries. Oddly, Guimard's whiplash curves were derived from the ornamental pattern book of Viollet-le-Duc.
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