From June 2nd to September 30th, 2023, L’École des Arts Joailliers will host a complimentary exhibition that will celebrate the innovative and whimsical aesthetics of Art Nouveau jewelry, inspired by nature and its phenomena, featuring nearly 100 exceptional pieces from renowned jewelry houses and esteemed artists.
The turn of the 19th and 20th centuries marked a radical transformation in jewelry aesthetics, ignited by the emergence of Art Nouveau. This revolutionary artistic movement, deriving from an unprecedented dissemination of scientific knowledge, inspired a rejuvenating wave of creative energy amongst artisans.
The complimentary exhibition will shed light on this vibrant period in jewelry’s art history, from June 2nd to September 30th, 2023. Titled “A New Art, Metamorphosis of Jewelry”, it will unveil nearly 100 remarkable pieces drawn from museum collections, heritage trusts, and private owners.
Art Nouveau jewelry is a true homage to nature and its phenomena, distinguished by an intensified whimsy, oscillating between experimentation and artistic conception.
Brooches, combs, pendants, or rings, each of these unique items encapsulates the flora and fauna through motifs of plants, flowers, insects, and other creatures, assembled from stones, metals, and materials of the highest value.
The exhibition at L’École des Arts Joailliers is divided into three chapters and will highlight the evolution of jewelry aesthetics influenced by the use of new visual vocabularies, reflecting the scientific and cultural influences of the era.
The first section, “Enchanting Natures”, will present jewelry inspired by hybrid and fantastical creatures, while the second, “Blossomings”, will be dedicated to pieces inspired by the botanical and animal kingdoms. The last, “Abstractions”, will disclose how nature inspired abstract and geometric patterns in jewelry art.
Expect masterpieces from illustrious jewelry houses, such as Boucheron and Cartier, and renowned artists like René Lalique and Georges Fouquet, just to name a few.
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