Michel Martens 1970s Art Glass Sculptural Relief Mirror
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Michel Martens, abstract sculptural relief mirror, Belgium, 1970s.
Sculptural art glass mirror, designed by the versatile Belgian designer Michel Martens. This large and impressive piece shows Martens' abilities as a modernist sculptor, designer and artist. Martens (1921-2006) was a respected designer of stained glass windows who had an impressive career creating stained glass windows for churches. His credo was 'light is my material, glass my medium'. Martens was an autodidact and first taught himself the technique of stained windows. He designed an impressive 7000 meters stained glass between 1947 and 1989 for churches and monasteries.
From 1968 onwards, Martens started to lose the church as a main client and therefore started to develop a practice in which he worked with mirrors that were also suitable for the private sector and private homes. With his radical and modern approach to glass art, Martens became part of the Post-war Abstract Modernist movement. Using mirrored glass opened up new perspectives for Martens. He even started using industrial glass as well, for his so-called 'Crazy Mirrors'. His artworks are now part of the private and museum collections worldwide.
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