Lalique was more than just a jeweler, as everyone
knows. He was a spur in the aesthetic revolution
that took place at the turn of the 20th century, with
each jewel like a miniature bomb helping explode
the classic ornamental tradition. This exhibition,
which showcases over 150 pieces of Lalique
history—from drawings and paintings to sculpture,
glassware and, of course, jewelry—points to just
how revolutionary a figure Lalique was. Both in
regard to form and technique, with his use of
previously unexploited materials and inventive
iconographic shapes, Lalique was constantly
producing fresh new creations, the likes of which
had not been seen before the advent of this Art
Nouveau. Many of the pieces shown here,
currently held by museums or in private
collections, have never been displayed or
published before, giving visitors a keen new
perspective on this daring, avant-garde figure, as
poetic as his very exceptional productions.

Musée du Luxembourg
René Lalique: Exceptional Jewels, 1890-1912
March 7 through July 29, 2007
19, rue de Vaugirard
75006 Paris
T. 01 45 44 12 90