Fornasetti is “a charming chaos of images and objects, a universe that is instantly recognizable."
Born in Milan, Italy, in 1913, Piero Fornasetti was a painter, engraver, lithographer and creator of objects and furniture – a true artist. What transpires from his work is a testament to his insatiable curiosity for decorative arts, architecture and art history. His eclectic creations are the products of his varied skills and know-hows, and of his many artistic influences. Fornasetti transcended the boundaries of what was considered good taste to create a surprising, timeless aesthetic.
Without a doubt, the woman’s face has become the recurring symbol of Fornasetti’s work. Calm and silent, she stares back at us with large enigmatic eyes. Whether grimacing or playing coy, costumed or camouflaged, she appears on ceramics, chairs, and candles alike.
Fornasetti’s œuvre has been seen in museums internationally. Notably, it was exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK, one of the most visited museums in the world, where a retrospective of the artist’s work was held only three years after his death. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts holds a single creation by Fornasetti, the Architettura cabinet, a collaboration with the architect Gio Ponti, with whom he worked on many other projects.
“Decoration is born from the need to illuminate and make objects more beautiful by elevating their form. When you love a woman, you want her to be well-dressed, to wear jewelry. As we know, the frame contributes to our appreciation of a painting. The same is true of objects.” Piero Fornasetti
Very hard to find in North America, these small artworks were brought back from Europe by Myriam herself, and are now exhibited at MYEL. Inspired by the imaginative luxury of the decorative arts, Myriam handpicks the Fornasetti candles. The artistic heritage of these collector items makes them truly unique, not unlike MYEL creations. Once the candle has been enjoyed to the fullest, its ceramic vessel can be used as a jewelry box.
To dive into the euphoric imagination of Fornasetti, MYEL recommends reading Piero Fornasetti, Practical madness.
Collectif – Musée des arts décoratifs. Piero Fornasetti, Pratical madness. Paris : Les Arts Décoratifs, 2015.