More Art Nouveau

Today we will continue the Art Nouveau story with the works of Émile Gallé French Art Nouveau artisan. We are moving away from windows for a little journey into other kinds of art works made during the Art Nouveau period.

Émile Gallé (1846–1904) is considered to be one of the major forces in the French Art Nouveau Movement. I will now present a banquet of delicious pieces for you to feast your eyes on. Drooling is permitted as it is a sign of good taste!
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And for dessert we will devour some of Émile Gallé's lamps.
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Isn't this Wisteria Table Lamp made in c1905 just wonderful?
(Christie's)

And this is a Majorelle lamp with schneider glass shade made in c1910 and considered to be very rare.
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Gallé was not only a gifted artist he was a wonderful human. As a convinced humanist he was involved in organizing evening schools for the working class (l’Université populaire de Nancy). He was also treasurer of the Nancy branch of the Human Rights League of France and in 1898, at great risk for his business, was one of the first to become actively involved in the defence of Alfred Dreyfus. Galle also publicly defended the Romanian Jews and spoke up in defence of the Irish Catholics against Britain.

In 1901, together with Victor Prouvé, Louis Majorelle, Antonin Daum and Eugène Vallin, Gallé founded an Art Nouveau movement known as École de Nancy (The Nancy School). Many of Gallé works are kept at the Musée de l'École de Nancy.
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Victor Prouvé (1858-1943) designed glass works and furniture for Émile Gallé. He also worked on book bindings with Camille Martin and the bookbinder René Wiener.This beautiful walnut settee and fabric was designed by Prouvé
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And this is a book cover designed by Prouvé
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A Victor Prouvé gouache painting titled Paysage à Sainte-Afrique
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Louis Majorelle (1859–1926) was a French decorator and furniture designer who manufactured his own designs, in the French tradition of the ébéniste (cabinet maker). He is considered to be one of the outstanding designers of furniture in the Art Nouveau style. Here we see one of his exquisite chairs.
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And the elegance of his style is exemplified in this glorious settee.
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Antonin Daum (1864-1931) belonged to the Daum Crystal Studio based in Nancy, France and founded in 1878 by Antonin's father Jean Daum (1825–1885). Antonin and his brother Auguste Daum (1853–1909) oversaw the growth of the crystal studio during the burgeoning Art Nouveau period. Daum employed the pâte de verre (glass paste) process for art glass and crystal sculptures, a technique in which crushed glass is packed into a refractory mould and then fused in a kiln. (Wikipedia) Here are two Daum vases for your pleasure.
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Eugène Vallin(1856–1922) was an architect as well as French furniture designer and manufacturer. Here we see a dresser designed and made by Vallin.

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And a rather scrumptious (to return to our banquet theme) office set!

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I’m off to Adelaide for a few days to watch one of my grandsons represent Victoria and Australia in the Oceania Track Cycling Championships. This is the first time he has represented Australia so we are all extremely excited. I am delighted to announce that Sam and his two team mates have won the Oceania Men’s Junior (under 19) Team Sprint - Australia beating New Zealand in the final which is very exciting.

Anne Newman

Oil Painter in realistic genre style, predominantly buildings and people. To continue the discussion contact Anne on anewman@netspace.net.au or phone +61 407 516 522

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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