Jean Despres

Després very much embodied what Georges Fouquet described in 1934 as the “Bijoutiers-artistes”. These were not simply jewellers in the traditional sense, with their goal centred purely in the aesthetics, but artists in its truest form. Their inspiration had its roots in the ideology of the Cubists, fauvists and Futurists of the era. As a young man, Després did his apprenticeship in a workshop in Paris and took drawing lessons in the evening. Socially he began to hang out in Montmartre and became close to many important artists of the time such as Modigliani, Soutine, Signac, and formed an especially close bond with Georges Braque.