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Designer Spotlight: Émile Gallé

Émile Gallé was a French artist who worked primarily in glass and came to be known as one of the major artists during the French Art Nouveau movement. Gallé was born in Nancy, on May 8, 1846. He was the son of a faience and furniture maker and as a youth Gallé studied drawing, philosophy, and botany. He learned the art of glassmaking at Meisenthal and then worked at his father’s factory before launching his own career. He began by using clear glass decorated with enamel but soon developed his own style featuring heavy, opaque glass carved or etched with plant motifs. The natural motifs in his work would become extremely popular during the Art Nouveau movement. His later work featured elements like metallic foils and air bubbles and revitalized the glass industry by building a workshop that was able to mass reproduce his and other artists’ designs. Continue reading