Andre Arbus

EARLY LIFE: Andre Arbus was born on November 17, 1903, in Toulouse, France. He was a French decorator, sculptor, furniture designer and an architect. His family members were furniture designers for many generations. He was a well known-member of the Academie des Beaux-Arts, and one of his buildings is listed as a historical monument till date. Andre spent his childhood helping in his father’s business in Toulouse. After his graduation from Local Lycee, he was sent to law school, but he returned home later due to health challenges. He was transferred to École des Beaux-Arts in Toulouse, where he changed his course of study. While studying, he developed a love for design and was eager to foster it into a remarkable career. he later became the director of his father’s business after graduation.

CAREER: Andre Arbus wasn’t just a cabinet maker, he was interested in form and good design. He believed in designing furniture that was comfortable and created a perfect fill for people. The direction of his father’s firm changed as a result of his works. He designed furniture that was in opposition to his father’s belief and style. His father believed in traditional furniture from the 18th century, but the Classicism of the French Empire inspired his furniture. His work was known to be stronger and of more dramatic proportions. Andre Arbus also applied luxurious materials such as lacquer, fine and rare wood veneers, parchment, and vellum.

Andre’s work was displayed for the first time in Paris Salons in 1926. When the creativity of his work became noticed, he was asked by the Parisian Gallery to exhibit his work with them too. He left Toulouse for Paris in 1932, and he opened his gallery in 1935 in the famous Avenue Malignon; a year after he won the esteemed Premier Prix Blumenthal. This was a significant milestone in his life. His gallery attracted a lot of wealthy and prestigious people to his business, and they later turned to his loyal customers. But he didn’t attain success in his career path until 1925 when his dreams began to reach fulfillment. He began to exhibit beyond Toulouse, and his work was displayed at the gallery L’Epoque in Paris, the Exposition des Arts Décoratifs, the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs, the Salon d'Automne, and, most notably, at the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts, 

He succeeded in making a name for himself through the 1940’s due to his rich design and impressive talent in the French decorative arts such as Adnet, Lenin, and Dupre-Lafon. His work was well recognised in the field of decorative arts, and he was one of the most inventive interior designers in his time. Andre won notable and prestigious awards, and he was appointed as the head of the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in 1951.

He is still remembered for his work in furniture making, and he is credited with the introduction of neoclassicism to the designs of his generation. He died in 1969 and he lived a life worthy of recognition in art and design.
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