JouveGeorges

Biography

Georges Jouve was born in 1910 in Fontenay-sous-Bois into a family of decorators. At the age of 17, Jouve went to study Art History and sculpture at the École Boulle in Paris. He graduated in 1930 and initially became a set designer for theatre productions.During World War II, Georges Jouve was held captive in a German prisoner of war camp from which he eventually escaped. He went to live in Dieulefit for refuge, and was greatly inspired by this potters’ village in Southern France, learning their local techniques. In 1944, upon Jouve’s return to Paris with his family, he opened his own ceramics studio there. He created strong and simply shaped pieces, covering them with bold enamels, often referencing religious themes.Jacques Adnet asked Jouve to exhibit at “La Ceramique Contemporaine” at the Compagnie des Arts Français. From then on Jouve exhibited his work at various Salons nationally and internationally, including the Salon des Artistes Decorateurs in Paris, and the Association Française d’Action Artistique in Rio de Janeiro.

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