The Artist as Jeweler

posted by – 11/28/12 @ 4:32pm

While flipping through an issue of Art in America a few months ago, I came across an article about rare pieces of jewelry designed by prolific artists like Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso. Jewelry isn’t usually featured in a typical art history class, and it was such a (lovely!) surprise to discover these beautiful pieces that I knew nothing about. Upon further research, I discovered that artists like Georges Braques and Max Ernst also dabbled in jewelry, partnering with jewelers and goldsmiths to create pieces echoing many of the themes in their artwork. A show on the artist as jeweler was featured this past spring at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, which featured over 187 pieces by 124 different artists, with many of the pieces coming from the curator’s personal collection. Check out some of our favorite pieces below, and click here to see more. Though the pieces were originally much harder to sell, they are tough to find these days, so consider yourself lucky if you happen to have a piece of this truly wearable art.

 

Dali

Brooches by Picasso

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