Gustave-Louis Jaulmes (1873 – 1959) – Swiss architect and designer

"The ancient theater", fresco by Gustave Louis Jaulmes
“The ancient theater”, fresco by Gustave Louis Jaulmes

Gustave-Louis Jaulmes (1873 – 1959) was a Swiss architect and designer. He was born in Lausanne. He was professionally active in Paris. 


At first, an architect turned to decorative painting in 1901, to furniture design in 1910, and tapestry design in 1915.

He received important commissions including for the Musee Rodin, Paris. He designed tapestries and upholstery fabrics for Compagnie des Arts francais.


He joined the CAF when Louis Sile and Andre Mare established it. While there, executed several unique tapestries including Le Départ des troupes américaines de Philadelphie pour la France, and murals inspired by Berain and Du Cerceau depicting garlands, gathered fabric, and draperies in a lush 18th-century style. 

His wife usually weaved his upholstery fabrics. He designed furniture for the decorating firm Damon. With Süe and Mare, he was commissioned to decorate the avenue des Champs-Elysees and designed the cenotaph commemorating World War 1.

Gustave-Louis Jaulmes. Dining Room, Salon d'Automne, Paris 1913
Gustave-Louis Jaulmes. Dining Room, Salon d’Automne, Paris 1913

He decorated Salle des Fêtes in Grand Palais, on which Süe was the architect. He painted murals for Théâtre de Chaillot and Paris Musée des Arts Decoratifs, including the curtain for Grand-Théâtre, Lyons, along with tapestries and paintings for numerous other theatres, monuments, casinos, and hotels. In 1944, was elected a member of Academie des Beaux-Arts. 


Work shown at 

  • Salons of the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts from 1902, 
  • Salon d’Automne from 1908, and 
  • Salon des Artistes Independants from 1909. 

In 1910, began to show furniture. Painted areas of Hotel du Collectionneur and ‘Une Ambassade francaise,’ six paintings illustrating Les Mois en fete in Salle des Fetes of Grand Palais, and participated in Musee d’Art Con-temporain organized by Compagnie des Arts francais, all at 1925 Paris ‘Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes.‘ 


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Salon d’Automne exhibitions Paris, France – Encyclopedia of Design

As an alternative to a conservative official salon, the Salon d’Automne was founded. It was also an alternative to the Salon des Indépendants, which was liberal but had a non-jury policy that sometimes contributed to mediocrity.

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Born Charles Édouard Jeanneret, Swiss-born architect, designer and theorist, Le Corbusier was one of the most influential artistic figures in 20th-century architecture, publisher of the Esprit Nouveau Modernist newspaper in 1920, author of several influential books including Vers une architecture (1923), L’ art décoratif d’aujourd’hui (1925) and Les 5 points d (CIAM).

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