Paris Between the Wars – “E” is for Roger-Henri Expert

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Between 1919 and 1939, Paris experienced a cultural and intellectual boom. This blog will feature artists, writers, composers, musicians, and designers. Paris was at its cultural peak.

Henri-Roger Expert

ROGER-Henri Expert

Born in 1882, Expert first studied painting, but at the age of 24, he began studying under renowned French architect Gaston Redon. In 1921 he accepted a position as the official architect of national structures, and was responsible for the maintenance of the Louvre Palace, the Gobelins Manufactory (a tapesty factory), and the Panthéon.

Louvre Palace

Louvre Palace

Expert’s work tended towards Art Deco. He developed an expertise in architectural lighting, and his dramatic floodlighting for the 1937 Paris Exposition inspired Albert Speer to produce a “cathedral of light” in his short propaganda film, “Festive Nuremberg” in 1937.

Expert died in 1951, and is buried in the French town of Arcachon.






What an interesting topic for the blogging challenge! It’s fun because the entries are short, but by the end you’ll have taught a lot of the rest of us little tidbits about Paris’ history that we wouldn’t otherwise know! Excited to see more!

Great Post……….I know it’s blasphemy; but now, I kind of miss the glass pyramid?

How lovely to see a picture of the Louvre without I M Pei’s ‘whatever’ it is.

Quite the responsibility maintaining the Louvre Place. A talented man with much to offer the arts. Thanks for covering him, Martha. A new name for me, and I’m glad I know it now.

He is someone I would like to learn a little more about. So interesting!

I hadn’t heard of Roger-Henri Expert. I’m so grateful for this post!

Thanks for sharing. Expert was a new name for me. Well done.

Thank you for sharing this information as I can use it in my sons classroom as we are Homeschooling him.

I’m enjoying your April challenge, Martha. Thank you for your inspiration and for educating me; I’d not heard of Monsieur Expert before xox

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