The Empire Style

Yves Carlier


Neoclassicism first appeared in France in the late 1750s, and was manifested in a number of ways before giving rise to the Empire style.

Extending beyond the Imperial period per se (1804-1815), and drawing its inspiration from the antique model, the Empire style was the culmination of trends that had emerged shortly before the Revolution and continued into the Directoire and Consulat styles. The imperial era also saw the return of an art form that could be described as official, expressing the Emperor’s quest for solemnity and grandeur. All art forms participated in this movement, which was particularly noticeable in the complementary fields of interior decoration and the decorative arts.

Through a wealth of illustrations, this book presents the different phases and expressions of this style.

Coedition : éditions In fine, 2024 – château de Versailles
Publication: April 17, 2024
Number of pages: 128 pages
Dimensions : 19,5 x 25 cm


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