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 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in France in 1910, he died in 1964.

Georges Jouve grew up in a family of decorators. He studied art history and sculpture at the École Boulle in Paris and worked briefly in theatre before turning to ceramics in 1941. Their sober, abstract and modern shapes characterized his candlesticks, vases, bottles, lamps, etc. In 1945, Jouve became a member of the Salon des Décorateurs. Together with other designers like Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouvé, he advocated opening up decorative arts to a wider public. That same year, Jouve started experimenting with black ceramics, which he polished in a way that it reflects light. This technique is inspired by buccero nero, a technique dating back to 6th-century-Etruria. His black ceramics quickly became his signature style. From the 1950s onwards, Jouve almost exclusively created sculptures, most of which were anthropomorphic and zoomorphic.