"Émile Gallé (Nancy, 8
May 1846 – Nancy, September 23, 1904) was a French artist who worked in
glass, and is considered to
be one of the major forces in the French Art Nouveau movement.
Gallé was the son of a faience and furniture manufacturer and
studied philosophy, botany, and drawing in his youth.
He later learned glassmaking at Meisenthal and came to work at his
father's factory in Nancy following the Franco-Prussian War.
His early work was executed using clear glass decorated with enamel,
but he soon turned to an original style featuring heavy,
opaque glass carved or etched with plant motifs. His career took off
after his work received praise at the Paris Exhibition of 1878." READ MORE