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More about the Artist

Below we have collected some descriptions of the work of Gabriel Loire, who created our stained glass windows, as well as links to images of his work in other churches.  

 

Gabriel Loire (April 21, 1904 – December 25, 1996) was a French stained glass artist of the twentieth century whose extensive works, portraying various persons or historical scenes, appear in many venues around the world. He founded the Loire Studio in Chartres, France which continues to produce stained glass windows. Loire was a leader in the modern use of "slab glass" (French: dalle de verre), which is much thicker and stronger than the stained glass technique of the Middle Ages. The figures in his windows are mostly Impressionistic in style.   [from Wikipedia]

The Loire studio website

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A description of Loire's work from the website of Christ Church in Los Altos, California

In traditional stained glass, the lead is a constant width and rarely contributes to the design. In contrast, the matrix in dalle de verre can be made as wide as the artist needs and frequently play a part in the overall design. ....
In medieval stained glass, biblical symbols were used as a teaching medium to educate those who could not read. While the religious message of the Christ Church windows is, in that sense, traditional, the windows themselves are an example of contemporary ecclesiastical art.
In his own words, Gabriel Loire said of the windows,
The first general impression is more or less ‘expressionist.’ No single detail should dominate the rest. Rather, an atmosphere of peace and joy should suffuse the whole. But in this almost abstract creation there are many things to be discovered, some which I had in mind, and others which you, yourselves, may find, discover, or imagine.
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St. Richard's Church, Chichester, West Sussex

On 13th November 2007 St Richard's was listed as a Grade II building by English Heritage, advised by the Catholic Church's Historic Churches Commission. The principal reason was the church's possession of one of the largest collections of Loire glass panels in Britain.
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Chapel of Thanksgiving, Dallas

The Glory Window inside the spiral of the Chapel of Thanksgiving attracts thousand of visitors each year. ....
The Glory Window forms the 60-foot-high ceiling of the Chapel of Thanksgiving.  It is one of the largest horizontally mounted stained-glass pieces in the world. Designed by French artist Gabriel Loire, the window symbolizes the blessing of the Divine descending to earth as well as the ascent of human praise and gratitude to God. ....
An image of the Glory Window was chosen for the official United Nations stamp in 2000 during the International Year of Thanksgiving. ....
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St. Catherine Laboure Church, Harrisburgh PA    (There is also a video tour here)

Gabriel Loire never loses sight of the essential function of glass, intended to create an atmosphere of mysticism, and a spiritual climate that affects the soul and draws it closer to another world where material considerations disappear.  The impact recreates a true sense of reverence engendering a spirit of prayerful meditation.