Friday, February 1, 2019

Theatrical Maquettes by Marcel Jambon

Marcel Jambon, Set design model for Giuseppe Verdi's Otello, 1895
Marcel Jambon (1848–1908) was a French scenic designer who built maquettes to plan his theatrical sets.

Marcel Jambon, set design for Tristan and Isolde
A wooden frame supported painted backdrops.

Seeing the sets in 3D allowed him to check the viewing angles and the lighting options of a given set design.

Ariane: built model of act V / by Marcel Jambon
Scenic designers often have a variety of skills in drawing, painting, sculpting, and lighting, and they work closely with the other people in the production, including the director, lighting designer, choreographer, and costume designer.
Wikipedia on Scenic Design


Pierre Fontaine said...

These stage models really appeal to me. I've been a fan of toy theaters for a long time (I've built my fair share) and have purchased a number of books on Theater Set design to have photographic records of the stage models. Using a limited space to tell a story, whether its a play, musical or opera with paint, canvas and light is truly magical.

Sketching Artist said...

Thank you for this post. Stage design is so interesting to me. But also, making dioramas. I had taken a Beginning Stagecraft class in my 50s and was so enthralled with it all. Had I been aware of Set Design as a career in my 20s, my life would certainly have taken a different path. Whether career driven or hobbyist, creating stage models is a good practice for any artist wanting to understand the 3 dimensional world of art, light, composition, etc. I appreciate the detail in the paintings of the samples you provided.