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Francis Jourdain

For the ornithologist called Francis Jourdain, see Francis Charles Robert Jourdain

Francis Jourdain (1876—1958) was a painter, furniture maker, interior designer, maker of ceramics, and other decorative arts. Starting in the 1930s he became involved in politics and eventually the French Communist Party. At then end of his life, he acted as president of the Secours populaire français.

Son of architect Frantz Jourdain, founder of the salon d'automne collection, he benefited from the relationship of his parents with the era's famous intellectuals (Émile Zola, Alphonse Daudet) and artists (the circle of Alexandre Charpentier). Pioneer of the art nouveau style in which he was distinguished as decorator of the Villa Majorelle in Nancy.

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