Emile Galle- Dreamer and Poet
A lot has been written about Emile Galle. Books are filled with facts about his date of birth, his death and everything in between and there's no value in repeating it all.
In 1877 he took over his father ’s ceramic and glass enterprise as owner and artistic director. He was the great inspirer and won one prize after the other. Everyone recognized the genius of Emile Galle but he never blew the glass himself. Galle made the designs and oversaw the quality but his workmen made the objects.
The production was industrialized and his dream was that everyone would enjoy the beauty of art pieces. In his home he surrounded himself with his own vases, furniture and ceramics. Galle loved his own objects and he made furniture to exhibit his vases. Emile’s world had to be in harmony. His house La Garenne, was surrounded by a garden in which he grew the plants he studied. Nature was his inspiration and art nouveau is all about nature. Plants and animals are portrayed in their natural colours and dimensions. On some vases Galle added a poem. These are known as “ Vases parlants” or “Talking” vase. A vase with a message.
Galle was a man with a mission. He wanted to make the world more beautiful. In 1901 he founded the school of Nancy, together with his competitors Daum and Majorelle. Galle did not like Daum and Majorelle, he thought they copied his work, but the artists of Nancy had to work together because the influence of art objects from foreign countries growing more and more.