French Art Nouveau jeweler Gabriel Argy-Rousseau
Born in 1885 in Meslay-le-Vidame, France, Joseph Gabriel Rousseau (1885-1953) became known to the world as a sculptor, ceramist and master of glass. In 1913 he married the Greek Marianne Argyriadis and began to sign his works Gabriel Argy-Rousseau, in honor of his wife. Already the next year, in 1914, Argy-Rousseau first exhibited his projects in the Pate de Verre and won immediate success in the Salon du Des Artistes Français. Critics reacted with enthusiasm, “Such successful forms, such amazing patterns of gold, copper, cobalt, uranium and oxides, such a beautiful mixture of colors!”. Meanwhile, the focus of Argy-Rousseau’s experiments were various methods for achieving the Pate de Verre effects.
However, the main passion was jewelry. Gabriel Argy-Rousseau created magnificent pendants and brooches with stylized forms of fruits, flowers, butterflies and figurines of mythological plots.
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