GEORGES JOUVE

1910-1964
France

« Jouve […] managed to control fine cracks and anticipated their geometrical figures. […] His tours de force were blowing his followers. As a great painter, he has a head start on his imitators. »

• Norbert Pierlot, à propos de Georges Jouve •

Georges Jouve is a poet. Potter trained at the prestigious École Boulle (Paris, France), he does not distinguish use in decoration, utility in beauty : he gives form to the sandstone with his hands and he creates a real language.

Georges Jouve begins his career before the Second World War : he focuses on architecture and wall decoration fields but his captivity ended his first projects. At the end of the war, he takes another way : he decides to work usual shaped pieces. His first studio is in Paris but from 1954 he sets up his workshop in Aix-en-Provence, in the South of France. He is the most famous French ceramist of the 50’s and 60’s : he is a true virtuoso, totally unique. Many artists has tried to copy him but none manages to surpass the master. He is radical like a Cézanne, violent like a Matisse.

He hands a considerable and major work down to everyone. his creations are made of great depth. They are palpable, they give an irresistible desire to touch them, they make you feel all the work of the Jouve’s hands, all his dexterity. His production is plural. His figurative works are very rich : his bestiary is abundant and his patterns varied. He is a careful looker, everything around him is valuable : he delivers a powerful and very expressive personal version. He digs the essence of the material out and he tends to abstraction : his creations become real apparitions, sometimes simple geometric forms, sometimes modernist sculptures. Always sensual and organic. Georges Jouve pays particular attention to modeling : his sense of volume is incomparable.
He also pays particular attention to materials : all his life he conducts research in this field to offer ever more innovant and strong results. His colors are legendary : mat blacks, nuanced whites, pop orange, deep reds, vibrant greens. He works on several finishes : from the shimmer of his plains to the materiality of his cracks, Georges Jouve is a maestro.

Like Charlotte Perriand and Serge Mouille, Georges Jouve is a great Modernist. He was one of the great figures of Post-War design. He was invited by Jacques Adnet, the director of the Compagnie des Arts Français, to participate in exhibitions in France and abroad to promote contemporary ceramics, as in Birmingham in 1947 or in Copenhagen in 1950. Georges Jouve is still considered one of the greatest ceramists in the world •

CATALOG :

Orange bottle by Jouve

GEORGES JOUVE1955

Banane bowl

GEORGES JOUVE1955

Large red lamp

GEORGES JOUVE1955

White bottle by Jouve

GEORGES JOUVE1955

A thin red vase

GEORGES JOUVE1955

Orange Rouleau vase

GEORGES JOUVE1955

White Rouleau vase

GEORGES JOUVE1955

Large red Rouleau vase

GEORGES JOUVE1955

Banane bowl

GEORGES JOUVE1955

A set of bottles

GEORGES JOUVE1955

Unique red vase

GEORGES JOUVE1955

Freeform table lamp

GEORGES JOUVE1960

Orange table lamp

GEORGES JOUVE1960

Black Pomme vase

GEORGES JOUVE1960

Orange Rouleau vase

GEORGES JOUVE1960

Rare black Poire vase

GEORGES JOUVE1960

Black Rouleau vase

GEORGES JOUVE1960

Green Rouleau vase

GEORGES JOUVE1960

Yellow Rouleau vase

GEORGES JOUVE1960

Grey Rouleau vase

GEORGES JOUVE1960

Black bottle

GEORGES JOUVE1952

Orange Rouleau vase

GEORGES JOUVE1960

White bottle

GEORGES JOUVE1955

Green bottle

GEORGES JOUVE1955

Yellow Rouleau vase

GEORGES JOUVE1955

Green Rouleau vase

GEORGES JOUVE1960

Large black bowl

JACQUES & DANI RUELLAND1960

Little red Rouleau vase

GEORGES JOUVE1955