miércoles, 5 de julio de 2017

MADRID 1893 || Christa Zaat

Christa Zaat

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Eugène Samuel Grasset (Swiss decorative artist) 1845 - 1917
Exposition Internationale de Madrid, 1893
colour lithograph on paper
149.2 x 108.2 cm. (58.7 x 42.6 in.)
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

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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