Archive for December 7, 2012

Artist of the moment…Emile Galle …



In this clip a gallery owner that deals in glass works by Galle gives us three examples of vases by the artist.

The same gallery owner tells us about a working table made by the artist. Its is very unique.

Emile Galle was an important icon in the art deco and home design movements in the early 1900s. Galle was also extremely well known for his medium of art expression, GLASS.  Emile Galle was born in France in the year 1848. The movement he is most associated with is the Art Nouveau movement.

Galle’s father was a producer of a fine furniture and ceramics. As a child Emile  loved to learn about plants and botany, philosophy, and drawing.

Galle moved to Meisenthal, France a region of the country well known for producing artists who were outstanding at working with glass. Glass works have been made in Meisenthal since the 1700s.

In the year 1873 he opened his own glass workshop in Nancy, France.  In 1874 the artist took control of his father’s furniture company.

1878 the artist won four gold medals at the Exposition Universelle.

In 1900 the artist won the Grand Prix prize at the Exposition Universelle.

In 1901 Emile Galle helped to start a state run school specializing in teaching artists the world of industrial  and commercial art.

Emile Galle died in 1904 at the age of  fifty eight years old.

From an artistic standpoint, the artist reminds me of John LaFarge. Both artists were highly successful in using their artistic eye to further enhancements in home furniture and ornament designs. LaFarge worked in many mediums but the one that suprised me most was that of stained glass. Here  an accurate use of color and design is absolutely necessary. An example of LaFarge’s work below. The work is titled, ” Peonies Blowing in the Wind.”


Price range info: The artist has done oils which range from $10,000 down to $500. He also has designed lamps and tables of which I couldn’t find a pricing schedule.

Early on in his career he developed two styles of glass that he worked with. Both were very high quality. One type of style was called “poems in glass.” These works took many hours to complete. His other style was still high quality enough that he was okay to attach his signature to it. This more commercial style of glass art was eventually called “industrial Galle.”  Great business is the best art as Andy Warhol used to say! Galle was certainly very clever in designing many home furnishings.

Emile passed away in 1904 and his widow took over the business. She put a star after all works made after the Galle’s death. One of his sons took over the business and ran it until it went out of business in 1936.

If you like this artist make sure and check out Art Deco artists like Romain de Tirtoff.