Magnificence of Art Deco (II) - Gaston Suisse: Master of Lacquer
Shanghai… Beginning December 16, 2017, Galerie Dumonteil will present the exhibition Gaston Suisse: Master of Lacquer, as the second part of Magnificence of Art Deco, devoted to the oeuvres of seminal Art Deco French artist Gaston Suisse (1896-1988) for the first time in China.
On view at the gallery space at 199 Hengshan Road, Gaston Suisse: Master of Lacquer will present thirty-eight important lacquered paintings and drawings from animal theme to abstract and geometric style, that won the artist international recognition in the 1930s at the World’s fair and International Exhibition of 1937. This exhibition traces the evolution of the founding artist of the so-called Art Deco period whose life was imprinted indelibly by two World Wars; who learned lacquering from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Decoratifs and experimented various innovative techniques; who devoted his life to celebrating the animal world and left a vivid mark in the history of 20th century Animal art.
Gaston Suisse: Master of Lacquer has been organized with the support of the artist’s son, Dominique Suisse. In addition to works coming from the Gaston Suisse Estate, loans from important European private collections will contribute to an in-depth examination of Suisse’s works. This museum quality ensemble is emblematic of the oeuvres by the artist that perfectly demonstrate a great variety aspects of the creation of Gaston Suisse. This exhibition travels from New York to Shanghai and then Paris. These three major cities carry magnificent testimonies of the art from this Interwar period and are full of the 30s spirit.