French Art Deco
Author: Jared Goss
Publisher/Date: Thames & Hudson/ Metropolitan Museum of Art (c. 2014) First Edition
Format/Condition: New large hardcover book with dust jacket in Fine condition. 270 pages, index. Dimensions: 10.8 x 9.9 x 1.3 inches Profusely illustrated: 319 illustrations in color and black-and-white.
Description: The French Art Deco style, which encapsulates the complex, modern sensibilities of the early 20th century, is epitomized by the French works exhibited at the Paris 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriales. The exquisite craftsmanship and artistry of the dazzling works displayed spoke to a sophisticated modernity, yet they were rooted in tradition. Interest in Art Deco has not only endured to the present day, but has grown steadily, and the style is now better known and more collected than ever before.
This informative publication provides an introduction to the historical backdrop for the Art Deco movement and outlines the most salient aspects of the aesthetic. This book draws on the Metropolitan Museum of Art's significant French art deco holdings to present more than one hundred masterpieces made by 45 designers, among them René Lalique's lovely creations in glass, Jean Dupas's and Charles Champigneuille's extravagant wall panel The Chariot of Poseidon, Valéry Bizouard's chic tableware, and François Pompon's endearing marble statue, Polar Bear. Each of the artists is profiled in the text, and their works are discussed individually.
Each chapter focuses on a specific designer, and includes a biography and discussions of the objects, enlivened by generous quotes from contemporary writings. As one of the only English volumes devoted to French Art Deco, this is a significant contribution to the study and appreciation of the style.