Jean Després - Jean Després, WHITE GOLD BRACELET SET WITH CORAL PASTILLES, Modernist art, signed inside and goldsmith's hallmark, see all the latest photos. In specialized books on Jean Despres, JEAN DESPRÉS JEWELRY. Born in 1889, Jean Després began an academic apprenticeship at the age of 14 with a Parisian goldsmith. It is in this city, in the midst of industrial growth, that he draws his inspiration: attracted by the modernity of shapes and materials, he immediately appears as a bold and innovative artist.
It is by associating with the artists of the moment - Modigliani, Braque - that he discovers futurism and cubism, which also inspire his work and further distance him from the traditional vision. In 1914, just as France has entered the Great War, Jean Després is forced to work as an industrial draftsman in the workshops of military aviation. This experience profoundly inspires his work as a goldsmith once the war is over, when he returns to Avallon, the city of his childhood, to set up his workshop there. Endowed with exceptional talent, he aspires to convey the aesthetic modernity of his time. He regularly and assiduously participates in various salons and exhibitions held in Paris, which quickly make him known to the public.
From the 1930s onwards, Jean Després is at the peak of his art. He creates simple and original jewelry recognizable by their massive and daring forms. He works extensively with silver and stones such as onyx, turquoise, or chalcedony.
This is also the period during which he creates his so-called "motor" jewelry, which he shapes like "nails" and "scrap metal". These very avant-garde pieces are inspired by the mechanics of airplane engines, the shapes and lines of which he observed during his experience as an industrial draftsman. They are presented to the public at the "Aviation and Art" exhibition in 1930. Regarding this central theme of his work, he says: "Mechanics impose a modern discipline of precision and robustness, thus rejecting anything unnecessary and complicated." The scanner may enhance or lighten the photo, so what you receive may be slightly different in tone.
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