Adrien Dalpayrat: Grand Feu

September 10 – October 15, 2016

Press Release

Jason Jacques is pleased to announce a new exhibition dedicated to the work of French ceramist Adrien Dalpayrat (1844-1910). A selection of significant pieces from the artist made between 1892 and 1904 will be presented. This is the first exhibition in the United States solely devoted to the oeuvre of the Art Nouveau master. Adrien Dalpayrat was one of the most prolific studio potters of late nineteenth/early twentieth century France. In 1897, art critic Roger Marx considered him responsible for the renaissance in the field of ceramic production, along with ceramists like Alexandre Bigot and Auguste Delaherche. In 1889, Dalpayrat established his own ceramic atelier near Paris. The 1890s witnessed the greater part of his output of red glazed brown stoneware, with a color now known as “Dalpayrat red” (rouge Dalpayrat). His success was crowned in 1900 by being made a member of the Légion d’Honneur and by the award of a Gold Medal at the Exposition Universelle in Paris. A central figure of the Art Nouveau movement in Europe, Dalpayrat’s works are now in the collections of major museums, which include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The exhibition traces the evolution of Adrien Dalpayrat’s style as a ceramist, from early stonewares produced upon his arrival in Paris in the early 1890s, to more accomplished pieces featuring the well-known rouge Dalpayrat. Showcasing a wide range of masterworks that exemplify the diversity of the potter’s production, “Adrien Dalpayrat” is an exploration of the unique shapes, colors, and motifs that inhabit the ceramist’s haunting creations.

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