Emil Galle (1846 – 1904) became the main figure for glassmaking of the Art Nouveau era. His work refracted the traditions of European and Eastern art, giving rise to a completely new style that combined deep symbolism, close attention to nature, an infinite variety of techniques, amazing freedom and sophistication of form. Emil Galle was born in Nancy, a small city in Lorraine, in the family of an entrepreneur who was engaged in the trade and production of glass and earthenware. Emil Galle’s career began with work at a family business. He later collaborated with the Burgun, Schwerer & Co. factory in Meisenthal. Already in 1867, Halle created an art studio, and in 1894 he headed his glass production in Nancy. If in the early period of his work Halle created mainly sketches of dishes from transparent colorless material with engraving or painting, then in his studio he begins a series of technological experiments. As a result, many new techniques were invented and patented, old technologies were revived, and an unprecedentedly diverse palette of shades of colored glass was created. In 1882, Emil Galle began the production of laminated glass material, which became one of the symbols of Art Nouveau. The most important subject of multilayer decor was engraving, which could be carried out mechanically (wheel engraving) or chemical (etching). The pinnacle of Halle’s work was cameo glass, a laminated glass onto which the Continue reading
Linocut got its name from linoleum material. Linoleum as a material for engraving originated in Europe, and at the beginning of the first decade of the 20th century in Russia. The first Russian artist to use linocut N.I. Sheverdyaev, and in this technique was a great success. Among those Russian artists who seriously took up linoleum and studied its technology was I.N. Pavlov. In his prints, he exhaustively showed the tonal and textural capabilities of a new material for that time. The artist V.D. did a lot for the development of linocut Falileev. In his hand-printed engravings, he showed new uses for opaque oil paints, achieving remarkable effects that leave a great impression.
Engraving on linoleum was done by such artists as B.M. Kustodiev, M.V. Matorin, P.N. Staronosov, I.A. Sokolov, V.A. Favorsky, N.I. Piskarev and Continue reading
Buying a painting for a collection? Some tips
Perhaps you have been presented with a painting or you have acquired one or more paintings and want to make a collection. In any case, we hope that the very simple recommendations below will be useful to you.
Buy paintings emotionally
Firstly, we are sure that any correct purchase is primarily an emotional act. The picture should be like, this is the most important condition. Then you need to consider other components for the purchase – the investment potential of the acquisition, fashion, friends’ advice and so on. After all, if we are Continue reading