The eighty pieces now presented in this album are exhibited in a room especially dedicated to the work of René Lalique, a space that chronologically closes the itinerary of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum. The set of jewels, objets d’art, glassware and drawings acquired by the Collector directly from the artist, with a single exception, between 1899 and 1927, is well representative of his work.
René Lalique (1860-1945) and Calouste Gulbenkian (1869-1955) shared the experience of a time marked by the fascinating transition of the so-called “Belle Époque” – with its particular end of the century spirit, present mainly on the remarkable set of Art Nouveau works. Both men were tied by friendship and mutual consideration, well evidenced in the words of the Collector: “My admiration for his unique work increased throughout the fifty years our friendship lasted… I am proud to own, I believe, the largest number of Lalique’s works…”.
- Maria Fernanda Passos Leite
- Also available in French
- Ed. Skira (Milan) / Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
- 978-972-8848-53-8 (soft cover), 978-972-8848-54-5 (hardback)