Émile Lessore

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Emile Lessore
Born 1805
Paris
Died 1876
Marlotte
Nationality French
Known for Oils, water colors, ceramics
Vase, one of a pair produced by the Wedgwood Factory and painted by Lessore with Henry Brownsword. At 59 1/2x30x29 inches, it is one of the largest pieces ever produced by Wedgwood. This vase resides at the Birmingham Museum of Art, while its mate is located at the Wedgwood Museum in England.

Émile-Aubert Lessore or Lessorre (1805 in Paris – 1876 in Marlotte) was a French ceramic artist and painter.[1]

Life[edit]

He originally worked in oil and water colors, but expanded into ceramic art. His ceramics work received a variety of medals, including his 1862 exhibition in London, 1867 exhibition in Paris, and 1873 exhibit in Vienna. Known for his subdued and delicate coloring, Lessore is said to have led a revolution in the decoration of pottery.[2]

Emile painted a variety of ceramic pieces, many for the Wedgwood pottery company. Some scenes painted on the ceramic pieces are from other works.[3]

Lessore first studied under Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, which led to his first exhibit in the Paris Salon at age 26. At that time, it was unusual for someone so young to have a painting exhibit in official art exhibition of the Académie des Beaux-Arts. Over the next twenty years, his paintings sold well. In 1851, Lessore began his ceramics work in Sèvres, a southwestern suburb of Paris, France known for its porcelain manufacture. Lessore tapped into his artistic painting experience to produce a pair of large, decorated vases. These were purchased in 1853 by the Emperor of Russia for 1,000 guineas ($5,145).[2]

Lessore's unique artistic expression did not fit well with the techniques of the other artists in Sèvres and by 1858 Lessore had moved to England to work for English potter Thomas Minton. Lessore then moved to Etruria, Staffordshire, where he worked for the famous firm of Wedgwood. Lessore exhibits were well received and he received personal exhibition medals in London (1862), Paris (1867), and Vienna (1873).[2]

At age 68, Lessore moved back to Paris to continue his work with ceramics in Fontainebleau but maintained contact with Wedgwood. Lessore died in 1876 at the age of 71.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Auguste Demmin Guide de l'amateur de faïences et porcelaines, poteries, terres cuites 1867 Volume 2 - Page 731 "M. Émile Lessore est un autre peintre-céramiste français qui y est attaché actuellement."
  2. ^ a b c d Jervis, William Percival (1902). The Encyclopedia of Ceramics. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University. p. 349. 
  3. ^ Birmingham Museum of Art (2010). Birmingham Museum of Art Guide to the Collection. London: Giles. p. 217. ISBN 978-1-904832-77-5. Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2011-06-20. 
  • Le journal des Goncourt, Vol IV, page 135 ;
  • Explication des ouvrages de peinture, sculpture,architecture,gravure et... du Salon de la Société des Artistes Français
  • Lynne Thornton: Les Orientalistes ;
  • L'Écho de la Fabrique, Le Salon de 1833, N°30 du 28 Juillet ;
  • André Roussard : Dictionnaire des peintres à Montmartre au XIXe et XXe siècle, Montmartre 1999 ;
  • Olivier Fanica: Un céramiste à découvrir: Lessore  ; Les Amis de Bourbon-Marlotte ; été 1983 N°13 ;
  • Smith, Richard L.; Buten, David; Pelehach, Patricia (1979). Emile Lessore, 1805-1876 His Life and Work. Buten Museum. ISBN 978-0-912014-52-4. 
  • Emile Lessore and William Wyld : " Voyage pittoresque dans la régence d'Alger" reissue of the architect Fernand Pouillon éditeur Jardin de Flore Paris 1973 ;

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