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Gabriel Argy-Rousseau "Poissons Dans Les Vagues" Pâte de Verre Glass Vase


This pâte de verre glass vase, entitled "Poissons dans les vagues" by Gabriel Argy-Rousseau, lives up to its translated name of "fish in the waves," depicting large, beautifully-colored blueish-green fish surfing serenely on oversized, stylized, and textured waves in ombre hues ranging from the palest blue to the deepest purple. While the waves dominate the composition, the wonderfully expressive fish peaking from behind their crescents steal the show, and immediately attract the eye.

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Item #: G-19460
Artist: Gabriel Argy-Rousseau
Circa: 1925
Dimensions: 6" height, 3.25" diameter
Materials: Pâte de verre glass
Signed: “G. Argy-Rousseau”
Literature: Similar vase featured in G. Argy-Rousseau, by Bloch-Dermant, London 1991, cat. rais. 25.15. p. 205; Similar vase also seen in Art Deco, by Victor Arwas, New York, 1980, p. 266

Gabriel Argy-Rousseau was a master of combining the stark geometry of the Art Deco aesthetic that dominated during his time and the naturalism that he was so drawn to; this vase is a perfect example of a marriage between the naturalism of the previously popular Art Nouveau period and the more current architectural lines and compositions of the 1920s.