For the first time, an abstract canvas takes shape in Lalique crystal.
Six clear crystal panels, each enamelled, present themselves as single paintings on which the brush has imprinted its ink. Sun&Moon, the series co-created by Lou Zhenggang and Lalique, is imbued with the serene atmosphere of a landscape.
In these exceptional pieces, the Chinese artist pays tribute to the life cycle around two heavenly bodies, the Sun and the Moon.
Quite apart from aesthetic contemplation and the feelings of delight they engender, these abstract lines have a 5000-year history.
Painting and calligraphy have been two sources of boundless inspiration for Lou Zhenggang’s career, and her reinterpretation of the two traditions here is masterly.
We’re proud to have opened this dialogue.
Silvio Denz, Chairman and CEO, Lalique S.A.
On one side, the artist has traced the sun in enamel. On the other, Lalique craftsmen have shaped the moon motif.
Two heavenly bodies merge.
After several hundred hours of collaboration, the Sun&Moon series crystallises the union of two heritages. Rooted in Chinese tradition and transcended by abstraction, the artist Lou Zhenggang encounters expertise matured over a century at Lalique.
Born in 1966 in Heilongjiang province, north-eastern China, Lou Zhenggang was not yet 12 years old when she was spotted as a prodigious talent. She has happy memories of her first explorations in ink in the 1970s, when her country fêted her as a “legend”. For Lou Zhenggang, it all began when she was 2½. Twenty years later, she settled in Japan and her career turned to abstract art. In colours, then in inks, she created many series, notably “Life is love.” Those 34 works made her the first abstract, contemporary artist to gain a place in the National Museum of China, in 2007.
As Lou puts it, “calligraphy is a mirror, while painting reveals inner feelings.” Nowadays, when not exhibiting in some corner of the globe, the artist loves to reconnect with her inner self at Izu, beside the sea, in Japan. Alone in this deep blue landscape ringed with lush, green mountains, she works tirelessly on large-format works. “I want to spend the rest of my life creating,” she declares.