miércoles, 5 de julio de 2017


Christa Zaat

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Eugène Samuel Grasset (Swiss decorative artist) 1845 - 1917
A la Place Clichy, 1891
advertising poster
photorelief etching in six colors: reddish brown, yellow Prussian blue, brownish red, gray green, and black
44 7/8 x 30 3/4 in. (114 x 78.1 cm.)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, United States of America

The son of a well-known cabinet maker, Eugène Grasset worked with his father until he entered the Zurich Polytechnikum in 1857 to study architecture. After working for a builder in Lausanne, he journeyed to Marseilles and Egypt during the years 1865-1867, returning to Lausanne to engage in decorative sculpture. In 1871, he established residence in Paris; twenty years later he became a naturalized citizen. As an illustrator Grasset contributed to artistic publications and numerous French journals, among them Paris Illustré. His book illustrations for Le Petit Nab, 1877/78, and Histoire des Quatre Fils Aymon, 1881/81 established his reputation. As a painter he worked in all media and subjects, as a designer he received commissions for jewelry, mosaics, stained glass, carpets, and for the fireplace and lanterns of the Chat Noir nightclub. His graphics appeared on playing cards, calendars, stamps, and posters. La Plume sponsored a successful exhibition of his works in 1894 at the Salon des Cent and, in 1906, he exhibited again at the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs.

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