Peek inside an artist’s opulent art deco studio in Neuilly-sur-Seine

The atelier of Charles-Albert Walhain is a white-washed live/work hub of grand proportions

Swooping art deco curves and thundering proportions give this grand Neuilly-sur-Seine property a sophisticated sense of drama befitting its pedigree.

The live/work property was the creative domain of French painter Charles-Albert Walhain, who enlisted architects Louis Gondallier de Tugny, and Michel de Larminat to create the space for him in 1928.

Walhain is best known for his portraits of the Belle Epoque’s high society and, consequently, de Tugny and de Larminat were tasked with creating a light-filled studio that would comfortably accommodate his glamorous sitters in a style they were accustomed to.

Photography: Architecture de Collection

The double workshop is set over 204 sq metres, with the living room and studio capped by six-metre-high-heigh ceilings. A colossal entranceway, complete with Doric columns and curves that ripple around the top of the room, leads into the space which is illuminated by a giant steel-framed window set high up the wall to maintain privacy. Four alcoves are set beneath the mezzanine, supported by semicircular arches – these functional nooks offered privacy and acoustic screening during Walhain’s life drawing, painting and sculpture lessons while adding theatre to the space.

The Neuilly-sur-Seine property is offered for sale at €3.35m via Architecture de Collection, and it’s pitched as a potential shoot location or event space, in addition to being a flexible live/work dwelling.

Photography: Architecture de Collection
Photography: Architecture de Collection
Photography: Architecture de Collection
Photography: Architecture de Collection
Photography: Architecture de Collection

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