Pierre Chareau  (French, 1883-1950) 


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Pierre Chareau Biography
1883 - 1899   Pierre Chareau was born in Bordeaux on August 3th. At the age of 16, he joins th eparisian offices of Waring & Gillow, a British firm specialized in furniture and interior design.
1904   Chareau marries Dollie Dyte. He continues his working for Waring until 1914.
1914 - 1919   Conscripted for military service in the First World War.
1919   He becomes a private architect and furniture designer in Paris. He executes furniture and interiors for the office and bedroom of the Dalsace apartment, 195 bld Saint Germain. First exhibition at the Salon d’Automne .
1920   He meets Jean Lurçat and decorates the country house of Edmund Bernheims. His furniture designs and interiors for a bedroom and a bathroom are shown at the Salon d’Automne.
1921   He exhibits his artworks in the Salon d’Automne and becomes a permanent member of its committee.
1922   Exhibits in the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs for the first time. Meets members of the parisian artistic and literary avant-garde. He begins collecting works by Modigliani, Braque, Juan Gris, Paul Klee, Raoul Dufy, Max Ernst, Mondrian.
1923 - 1924   Collaborates with Fernand Léger and Robert Mallet-Stevens on the sets for Marcel L’Herbier ‘s film « L’Inhumaine ». He opens his own shop, « La Boutique » at 3 rue du Cherche-Midi. He collaborates with Louis Dalbet. First fruits of their collaboration at the Salon d’Automne.
1924   He opens his own shop “La Boutique”.
1925   Collaboration with Mallet-Stevens and Francis Jourdain on the interiors designs for a french Embassy for the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris.
1925   Creates the office of the “Ambassade française”.
1927   Creation of the “Maison de verres” in Paris
1927 - 1928   First plans for a new house for the Dalsace family – what will become the maison de Verre – in rue Saint Guillaume in Paris. He works for the Grand Hôtel de Tours. Participates in the Congrès Internationaux d’Architecture Moderne in La Sarraz, Switzerland. He begins the Maison de Verre.
1929   Breaks away from the Société des Artistes Décorateurs to become a founding member of the Union des Artistes Modernes. (UAM)
1930 - 1931   Participates in the first UAM exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. The Maison de Verre receives wide coverage in national and international press.
1936 - 1937   Exhibits demountable school furniture at the Salon d’Automne. He is present at the Exposition Universelle.
1939 - 1940   In July, he leaves France for Portugal, Spain, Morocco,. He arrives in America in October.
1940   Settles in New York
1947   Creates the workshop of Robert Motherwell
1941 - 1948   He lives and works in America for a Cultural Attaché, setting up exhibitions on Balzac, Daumier and Auguste Perret.
1950   Pierre Chareau dies in New York after a brief illness. His wife remains in the States until her death in 1967