Émile Zola (1840–1902) was a French novelist, noted for his theories of naturalism. During his early years, Zola wrote numerous short stories and essays, four plays, and three novels. As the founder and most celebrated member of the naturalist movement, Zola published several treatises to explain his theories on art. His monumental twenty-volume Les Rougon-Macquart (1871–1893), which consists of more than half of Zola’s novels, underlies his theories of naturalism. The novel-series details the history of a single family under the reign of Napoléon III. Set in France’s Second Emipire, in the context of Baron Haussmann’s changing Paris, the series traces the environmental and hereditary influences of violence, alcohol, and prostitution which became more prevalent during the second wave of the Industrial Revolution. Throughout the series, we follow two branches of the family – the respectable Rougnons and the disreputable Macquarts – over five generations.
The idea and design behind the bookends is by the Swedish renowned industrial designer Jan Landqvist and the bookends are made in the small town Gnosjö in the south of Sweden.
Portrait – 15×15 cm
Base – 10×15 cm