Jacob Baal-Teshuva is an author, critic and independent curator. His books include Andy Warhol 1928-1987 (Prestel), Chagall, Calder and Christo and Jeanne-Claude. He lives in Paris, France.
Louis Comfort Tiffanyby Jacob Baal-Teshuva
The name Tiffany, today a unanimous synonym for luxury and good taste, owes its reputation to a fascinating and surprising history. Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) was the eldest son of Charles Louis Tiffany, founder of the world-renowned silver and jewelry firm Tiffany & Co. Refusing to take part in his father's company, Tiffany took up painting at a young age and while in his twenties traveled extensively in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. When he came back to New York, he brought with him a keen interest in stained glass and began to work on new techniques which would revolutionize the still-used Medieval technique of painting on glass. He developed Favril Glass, an opalescent glass with deep, glowing color which far surpassed, in quality and beauty, all existing techniques. He soon gained recognition as a designer and fabricator of stained glass windows and enjoyed commissions from many wealthy clients.
Tiffany went on to form his own company and to produce exquisite lamps, vases, and murals in the Art Nouveau style, flowers and trees being the predominant subjects for his designs. Though most famous for his work with glass, his talents also included interior design, rug making, ceramics, mosiacs, and jewelry. He enjoyed and long and successful career but, after a series of personal and financial misfortunes and declining popularity due in part to the First World War, died penniless and forgotten in 1933. It wasn't until the 1960s that new interest in his work emerged, and Tiffany soon became a household name denoting beauty, grace, color, and elegance.
With over 300 color plates, text by Jacob Baal-Teshuva, a documentary index, and an illustrated biography/bibliography, Tiffany: A Quest For Beauty renders homage to the man who revolutionized both the art and technique of stained glass.
Author Biography: Jacob Baal-Teshuva (born 1929) is an author, critic and freelance curator. He studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at the New York University. His numerous publications include works on Marc Chagall, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol and Jean Michel Basquiat.
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Lois Comfort Tiffany was a master at his art. I was unaware of his many beautiful church windows. Awe inspiring!
This is one of the most complete books on Tiffany's works that I have seen to date. I would call it the absolute most complete book, but I know for a fact that two stained glass windows found in Virginia, and a few lamps are not depicted here for whatever reason. The photography is of the highest quality! The colors are accurate and magnificently printed, making this the best visual reference book for anyone interested on Tiffany's works. The text elaborates on Tiffany's life and works, keeping it straight to the point, which in some parts might feel a little hurried, but above all it makes it not at all boring to read. Also several of Tiffany's paintings are depicted and elaborated upon; painting being one of this great artist's talents that's often overlooked. Something unusual about this book is that it's presented in English, German, and French, printed side-by-side. If you are looking for a book on Louis Comfort Tiffany that has both historic content and the best photographs of Tiffany's works, this is the one to get!
I loved all the color pictues of his works. There were so many. I also enjoyed the history.