Le Retour des Chasseurs
Jean Dunand was the greatest lacquer artist of the Art Deco period, if not of the entire 20th century.
Le Retour des Chasseurs was an important lacquer panel fitted into La Chasse, a mural created in 1935 by Dunand to adorn the smoking room in the legendary ocean liner Normandie. It´s luxurious Art Deco interior was unequalled in style, elegance and sophistication. It featured works of art which can be seen nowadays in foremost museums worldwide. These panels are an elegant sample of Dunand’s sophisticated lacquer technique: their extraordinary polychromy in red, green and gold, turned them into a rare illustration of modernity of Normandie which still stands today, with his “temple of lacquer” as an Art Deco icon.
Lancy 1877–1944 Paris
LE RETOUR DES CHASSEURS
Carved gold lacquer and color lacquer
267 x 414 cm
Marie-Anne du Boullay, ‘A Temple to Lacquer’ – Jean Dunand and Normandie, Munich 2019, pp. 87 ff
Félix Marcilhac, Jean Dunand – His Life and Work, London 1991, pp. 154, 318-319, cat. no. 1109
Charles L. Offrey, et.al., Normandie, Queen of the Seas, New York 1985, p. 79