Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: White Venetian
Medium: Handblown glass
Size: 35" x 12"
Signed: Inscribed by Artist
Condition: Very good condition overall, please request a full report for condition details
Documentation: Includes Gallery Certificate of Authenticity
Famous for its unique shapes, unparalleled opulence and amazing color, “Venetians” is one of the most collectible Dale Chihuly’s series to date. Started in 1988 in a collaboration with Italian master glassblower Lino Tagliapietra, the series drew inspirations from traditional Venetian Art Deco glass and the rich history of the city. It was the first serious step away from the pure natural forms and the first tribute to the mastery and aesthetic of classical art. Fluid base forms, elaborate decorations and undulating elements joined together by fire allowed for more colored glass pieces to unite in one work of art. Deep nuances, transparency and dance with light gained a new quality in Venetians, evoking the treasures of old Venice.
“White Venetian” we present is a light interpretation of the series topic. The vase-like form is dressed with gold and silver sheen, embellished with an intricate floral transparent glass component. It’s a tribute to glass itself, it’s fragility and sophistication, but also a feminine interpretation of the classical theme. Unusually monochromatic, “White Venetian” is a piece to enhance every Chihuly collection.
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About Dale Chihuly
One of the most famous contemporary glass artists in the world, Dale Chihuly is best known for his monumental sculptures and installations. He is the name behind the spectacular ceiling at the Bellagio’s flower garden in Las Vegas and the creator of the Rotunda Chandelier at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Glassworks of Dale Chihuly are considered some of the most desired collectibles between the decorative arts devotees today.
Despite his initial indifference towards education, Chihuly has spent a lot of time in school, obtaining both scientific and artistic degrees in sculpture from prestigious graduate schools. He displayed a proclivity for interior design and craft early on, but his true passion was always in the glass. He was a Fulbright Fellow in the late 1960s and an apprentice at the Venini Glass Factory in Venice. Mastering the art of Murano glasswork, he continued the experiments with glassblowing and thus became one of the people who brought the ancient art of glassblowing back into the spotlight on an international scale.
Monumental and small-scale artwork of Dale Chihuly is present in over 200 most renowned decorative art collections today, while the artist holds twelve honorary doctorates!
The most illustrious series in his work are Cylinders and Baskets he created in the 1970s; Macchia, Venetians and Persians from the 1980s, Niijima Floats and Chandeliers created in the 1990s; and a more recent one, Fiori from the 2000s.
For over 30 years, Dale Chihuly has been acting as an artistic director of his team of craftsmen, since he was incapacitated in two accidents, which left him blind in one eye and incapable of holding the blowing tube. This change allowed him to see the possibilities of glasswork on a much broader scale, while still maintaining his recognizable style.