Francis Jourdain, writing in 1899 for La Revue d'Art wrote "It is a time when the architect walks hand in hand with the artist, sculptor, engraver, musician, man-of-letters, and the decorator. All have an identical vision, a common aesthetic goal, and a single idea which, without forfeiting any of their own personalities, they can together create harmony.... so subtle, indefinable and vague, and yet so clear, that it can be called style." Art Nouveau, like the Arts & Crafts Movement in England, was a move away from the past, from historicism, from convention and pastiche. Inspired by nature, symbolism and romance it created a style of great originality and imagination. The use of nature as a source of inspiration was a particular feature of the Ecole de Nancy, represented here by Galle and Majorelle furniture and Muller Freres cameo glass. The prominence of this school owed much to Emile Galle's devotion to his art, to nature and the crafts and culture of his beloved Lorraine which he promoted whenever he could.