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Plate with spirals


Anne Dangar


01 Dec 1885 – 04 Sep 1951

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  • Details

    Alternative title
    Plat à spirales
    Place where the work was made
    Sablons Isère France
    Media category
    Materials used
    glazed earthenware
    7.5 x 34 cm diam.
    Signature & date

    Signed, verso, slip "MSD". Not dated.

    Purchased with funds provided by the Mollie Douglas Bequest 2017
    Not on display
    Accession number

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    Artist information
    Anne Dangar

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  • About

    Anne Dangar’s use of circular and spiral designs to decorate her ceramics comes from the teachings of her great mentor Albert Gleizes. His 1932 book 'La forme et l’histoire' (Form and history) discusses his view that human nature is constant and the same rhythmic designs will recur in different ages in different societies. He illustrated this theory with a number of circular and spiral designs from prehistoric carvings and ancient pottery, and believed that cubism could revive the use of such designs.

    Dangar's great ability was in adapting these historical symbols for use on functional forms in ways which was both aesthetically pleasing and artistically satisfying.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

Other works by Anne Dangar

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