Directoire style

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The style of decoration and design prevailing in France between the reign of Louis XVI and the Empire, roughly the decade 1793–1804 (though the last five years are sometimes referred to as the Consulate style). It takes its name from the period of the Directoire (1795–9) when France was ruled by an executive of five directeurs. As a term it is mainly used in connection with the applied (furniture, textiles, costume, etc.) as opposed to the fine arts. Directoire art incorporated a wide range of motifs drawn from antique and Egyptian art and from the French Revolution itself.

Subjects: Art.

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