Emile Gallé: Collecting Nature
If you’re making a weekend trip out to Hakone, this is an exhibit you should definitely have on your to-see list. Emile Gallé was an artist who worked in glass and was deeply inspired by the Art Nouveau movement that was prevalent in France at the end of the 19th century. He was also a keen study of the natural sciences and was an impressive amateur botanist and biologist. Given Gallé’s fascination with the natural world, his work, with its varied natural motifs, can be seen as an artistic means of collecting natural specimens.
Photo Credit: Footed Cup with Dragonfly Design, ca.1904 The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art