Munchen, Prestel-Verlag, 1979. 24 cm x 31 cm. 107 pages. Illustrated throughout with numerous colour and black-and-white plates. Original Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Excellent monograph on Gallé.
Gallé was the son of a faience and furniture manufacturer and studied philosophy, botany, and drawing in his youth. His early work was executed using clear glass decorated with enamel but he soon turned to an original style featuring heavy, opaque glass carved or etched with plant motifs, often in two or more colours as cameo glass. After success at the Paris Exhibition Gallé reached international fame and his style, with its emphasis on naturalism and floral motifs, was at the forefront of the emerging Art Nouveau movement. He continued to incorporate experimental techniques into his work and revitalized the glass industry by establishing a factory to mass-produce his as well as other artists’ designs.