05 April 2010

Suzanne Lalique-Haviland



Art, music, and youth, all in one. This image in red, white, and blue was made by composer Francis Poulenc, poet Guillaume Apollinaire, and artist Suzanne Lalique for Le Bestiare in 1919. That was the year that the twenty year old composer first heard the grand old man of Surrealsim (Apollinaire was all of thirty-nine at the time) give a performance of his poetry. When the score of this new work was published, it was illustrated by a twenty-seven year old theatrical designer, Suzanne Lalique.

Yes, the daughter of the great jewelry designer, Rene Lalique, and painter of the only known portrait of her father, in 1931.
Suzanne was born in 1892 and, although she never took formal art training outside the family setting, she grew up to design textiles, books, and theatrical productions, and a painter.
At least two famous vases produced by the Lalique studio were designed by Suzanne: Sophora and Penthievre. She also created porcelain designs for the Haviland Company in the late 1920’s.
In 1916 Suzanne met Paul Burty Haviland, a photographer and heir to Haviland China Company. Paul was born in Paris, but graduated from Harvard and spent much of his early life in the United States. Called home ance to help manage the company in 1916, he immediately met Suzanne and in 1917 they were married.
Created in the midst of the Art Deco period, Suzanne Lalique's designs look surprisingly contemporary. Perhaps she learned early to put on her own creative blinders, to make her own way in art. She lived until 1989, a full life.





Image credit: Suzanne Lalique, book illustrations and fabric designs from the 1920s, in the collection of Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris.

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13 comments:

Errant Aesthete said...

Jane,

I have long had a love affair with Lalique so I was immediately intrigued with your post. It does not disappoint. I am so inspired, I am in pursuit of more on the topic of Suzanne Lalique. Thank you.

Neil said...

Interesting how her designs mesh with those of Sonia Delaunay and Raoul Dufy at the same period.

The Dutchess said...

Very interesting blog..thank you:)
Greets from Holland.

Debra Healy said...

Thank you for sharing this. I worked on the Lalique exhibition at the Walters Gallery in Baltimore in 1985. I was fortunate to meet some of the family members over the years.

olga said...

Jane has been marvellous to be able to translate your Blog of the English into the Spanish, I could have read well your articles, they are interesting my English not és very well. Thank you for this one
Blog, Saludos from Catalonia

Jane said...

EA, there are also many of her theatrical designs at www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr

Jane said...

Neil,I think Delauany's influence was widespread but underreported. My introduction to Sonia Delaunay was a happy one: my mother bought a double deck of her playing cards so I grew up playing solitaire with Sonia - and wondering why it was so hard to find information about her.

Jane said...

Welcome Dutchess and greetings to you from New York. My father was studying the Flemish language at the time he died, and I still have his grammar workbook, although it hasa yet to rub off on me.

Jane said...

Debra, you certainly were lucky. I wonder if the catalogue was published as a book?

Jane said...

Olga, you are doing well with your English, I think. I read in French every day to keep my French muscles up. Thanks for your kind words.

Kate said...

#3, 4 and 7 are just heart-stopping gorgeous. Maybe it's her color sense...or the freedom of her style...

Jane said...

Kate, I have some more images by Suzanne Lalique-Haviland. I should post them. I just need to think of something to say about them. Glad you like her work, too. She deserves more recognition on this side of the Atlantic.

MuséeLalique said...

Dear all,
If you're interested in Suzanne Lalique-Haviland's work, an exhibition will be hold in Alsace in the Lalique Museum (www.musee-lalique.com) from July 13th to November 11th 2012. From her paintings,to her work with her father, for Haviland, Sèvres, or la Comédie-Française... you will have a nice overview of her beautiful work !