Visiting Artwork: Jean Dunand The ‘Les Cagnas’ Screen

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The fourth Visiting Artwork of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum comes from the Musée des Arts décoratifs, in Paris.

The Les Cagnas lacquer screen will be the fourth Visiting Artwork to be exhibited in the galleries of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum. Coming from the Musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris, this Art Deco work, signed by Jean Dunand, will be exhibited for the first time in the China and Japan gallery alongside the roe deer screen, which belongs to the Gulbenkian Museum collection and was also made by Jean Dunand.

Jean Dunand, Screen ‘Les Cagnas’.  Paris, musée des Arts décoratifs. Photo: © Les Arts Décoratifs / Christophe Dellière

Dunand, born in Switzerland, was an artist and creator who developed his talent in various fields of the arts. In 1912 he discovered lacquer, which would transform his mode of working. Like Eileen Gray, he honed this art and technique with the Japanese master lacquer artist Seizo Sugawara and became one of the main western artists to excel in the technique of oriental lacquer work.


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Jean Dunand, Screen ‘Les Cagnas’ (detail). Paris, c. 1922. Lacquered and carved mahogany, metal. Long-term loan from the Ministère de l’Instruction Publique et des Beaux-Arts, 1923. Paris, musée des Arts décoratifs. Photo: © Les Arts Décoratifs/Christophe Dellière

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