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Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity

Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity

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Exhibition Catalog

Ed. by Heather Ecker et al. Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, 2021. Organized in association with Dallas Museum of Art and Musee du Louvre, Paris. Published in the U.S.A. by Thames and Hudson Inc., New York.

320 pp. Well illustrated (chiefly col.). 30 x 24 cm. In English. Hardcover.

ISBN 9780500024799

Louis Cartier (1875-1942), the grandson of Cartier founder Louis-Francois, was an impassioned collector and patron of the arts. He was particularly entranced by Islamic arts, especially Persian book arts: their geometric shapes, color combinations, and motifs are apparent in Cartier jewelry to this day. Louis’s younger brother Jacques, an expert in precious stones, traveled to India and the Persian Gulf in 1911 and 1912 to experience the culture and bring home treasures of the Middle East. This was the pivotal moment when the dialogue between these two worlds opened up, eventually blossoming into a beautiful relationship that has lasted for decades. Published to accompany a major exhibition at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris and the Dallas Museum of Art, Cartier and Islamic Arts delves into the Cartier archives to trace the story of Louis Cartier’s love of Islamic art and the ways in which he incorporated the Islamic world’s stylized motifs into Cartier’s jewelry. Dazzling photographs are accompanied by in-depth texts from a raft of distinguished scholars of both Islam and the decorative arts.

Subject Headings: Eastern and Western European Art ; Near Eastern and Middle Eastern Art (traditional) ; Non-Western Art ; Western Art -- France -- 1900-1945 -- Jewelry ; Several Fine Arts Media (Western) -- Decorative Arts and Design --

Artist(s): Cartier (firm); Cartier, Louis

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