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Charles Fridrich Nancy, Musée de l'Ecole de Nancy © photo Jean Scherbeck - CRI Nancy Lorraine Charles FRIDRICH
Industrial, tapestry-maker, and decorator

Henri Bergé, Poster for La Maison d'Art Lorraine, 1900 Lithographe, Musée de l'Ecole de Nancy © Musée de l'Ecole de Nancy, cliché Brabant Maison d'art_lorraine Pochoir pot à feu Bitter apple draperie Drapery with decoration designed by Louis Hestaux

Son of a tapestry merchant, Charles Fridrich opened in 1900 the Maison d’Art Lorraine at 38, Rue Stanislas, Nancy. The founder announced his original business program in the review La Lorraine Artiste: “The Maison de l’Art, found with the aim of encouraging modern art, will organize permanent exhibition galleries intended to make public the artists’ results in their search for a free and independent art.” It was a place where “art nouveau” could be displayed through conferences and an exhibition gallery with works for sale.  The creation of Maison d’Art Lorraine was inspired by the Salon de l’Art Nouveau opened in Paris by Samuel Bing in 1895. Charles Fridrich sold his own artwork at the Maison d’Art Lorraine, such as decorated and colorful plush, stamped and embossed velvets, and tapestries with designs created by Victor Prouvé, Louis Hestaux, Jacques Gruber, and Paul Nicolas amongst others.

Despite having opened branches in Vittel and Luxembourg, the Maison d’Art Lorraine closed in 1903. Thereafter Charles Fridrich took part in various exhibitions organized by the Ecole de Nancy.

He was a member of the Ecole de Nancy Board of Management since 1901.