Cuvilliès, François de

Cuvilliès, François de

(fräNswä` də küvēyĕs`), 1695–1768, French architect, decorator, and engraver. He introduced into Germany the rococorococo
, style in architecture, especially in interiors and the decorative arts, which originated in France and was widely used in Europe in the 18th cent. The term may be derived from the French words rocaille and coquille
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 style of decoration then popular in France. He became architect to Charles Albert, elector of Bavaria, and, when the latter became Emperor Charles VII (1742), was appointed architect to the imperial court. His two foremost works, both at Munich, were the Residenz-Theater (1751–53) and the pavilion called the Amalienburg, in the park of Nymphenburg. The brilliant interiors of the pavilion represent the highest achievements of German rococo decoration.
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