Victor Prouvé, 1858-1943
Collective work, exhibition catalogue
We all know Jean Prouvé, the steel magician, the inventor of the wall-curtain and the dismountable houses. But there is also Victor (1858-1943), the father, not as well known for it seems he was over talented. He demonstrated his talents in so many different fields that he is difficult to classify, except in the rather lose category of Art nouveau. This book, published for the 150th anniversary of his birth and coinciding with the three exhibitions dedicated to him in his native Nancy, has had to multiply the chapters to encompass the perimeter of his work. He painted, made stained glass windows and etchings, drew motifs for Gallé’s glasses or Majorelle’s furniture, sculpted, defined embroidery models for dresses, produced ads and did leather binding. Last but not least he was also a pedagogue, and for nearly two decades, from 1919 up to WW II, he directed the School of beaux-arts of his city. In his moments of leisure (did he have any?), he drew book covers and the invitations to the weddings of his seven children.
• Victor Prouvé, 1858-1943, Gallimard/Ville de Nancy, 300 p., 39 €, ISBN : 978-2-07-012070-3
Review published in the newsletter #95 - from 19 June 2008 to 25 June 2008