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Exhibition: Maurice Marinot: A Passion for Glass

20 December 2014 – 7 June 2015
Cost Free
Suitability All
Studio glass by Marinot
© Dr Pierre Merat

Maurice Marinot (1882-1960) was a pioneer in the development of glass as a studio art form.

Born in Troyes, France, Marinot began his career as a painter, studying at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and associated with the Fauvist movement.

In 1911, a visit to the glassworks of the Viard brothers at Bar-sur-Seine was the catalyst for an all-encompassing passion for glass that would endure for twenty-six years. Drawing initially on his skill as a painter, Marinot decorated glass with striking, brightly coloured enamels. Around 1920, he began to create his own highly experimental glass forms that he considered as sculpture. A combination of failing health and the closure of the Viard’s works in 1937 caused Marinot to stop making glass and he returned to painting and drawing.

This exhibition will bring together forty-four pieces of glass from the collections of Amgueddfa Cymru, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Leicester Arts and Museums Service, reuniting them for the first time since they left the Marinot family in the 1960s and 1970s.

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