Sunday, September 16, 2012


Some Tristan Ruhlmann Windows

Tristan Ruhlmann was an artist who worked most of his career either in Haguenau or in nearby Schweighouse-sur-Moder. According to Wikipedia, he first worked in a workshop on the street I live on. His medium was stained glass (as was his father's), but not just classic lead-framed windows: he was a pioneer of the glass in concrete slab technique. In particular, he apparently worked out the way to place glass so the light traverses it edge to edge (rather than face to face). Not surprisingly, much of his work appears in churches and chapels, including a chapel in Haguenau belonging to a private Catholic school (Ste. Philomène) which is not generally accessible to the public. These windows were added as part of its renovation beginning around 1958; I did not hear when it was completed (if the guide said). It was open for visits one September week-end (Journées du Patrimoine) several years ago, then not again--I check the program every year, hoping-- until this week.

Let's begin the visit outside. Here one sees that the windows don't have the usual shine one expects of stained glass. And the close-up of the lower part of one panel shows the cement (or concrete, or grout?) composing much of each window, and also serving as a  mask for writing.

Inside View

Now, how nice will that look from the other side, the inside?

The Chapel Interior

Other Panels

The other panels along the sides are yet to be added (or in a separate note).

The "Rose" and Flanking Mezzanine Panels

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