Considered by the bourgeoisie of Barcelona as one of the biggest signs of economic potential, painters and sculptors entered the world of jewelry to treat it like a work of art. The jeweler, Lluís Masriera (in Catalan), also a painter, is one of the essential artists from the period.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Masriera took on the artistic management of his family workshop, familiarising himself with the secrets of enamel and incorporated elements from the Art Nouveau: flowers, birds, dragonflies, Japanese influences, nymphs, and also the figure of Saint George, the patron saint of Catalonia. With regard to the materials, Masriera used a base of gold, which enhances the colours of the precious stones, such as rubies, sapphires and diamonds. His translucent enamels with very fine reliefs are characteristic.
The Modernist jewels present the usual characteristics of this movement: freedom of composition, curved lines, polychromes and the role of the flower, fauna, and feminine figures. In the Masriera workshops the elaboration process of the jewels, many of which were articulated and adapted to the body of those who wore them, combined the craftmen’s procedures with a degree of mechanisation in the creative process, repeating models, to reach different social levels.
Pendant. Saint George
This work has been selected for the project «Partage Plus – Digitising and Enabling Art Nouveau for Europeana»