Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Artist from History | Eugene Grasset

Continuing with our 19th & 20th c. Artists from France today with artist Eugene Grasset (1845-1917).  Grasset was a pioneer of the Art Nouveau movement along with recently featured artist Alphonse Mucha, Eugene Grasseat's work covered a variety of art disciplines: furniture, tapestries, ceramics, even jewelry and most prominently graphic design and poster art.  He became a teacher later in life for a variety of schools in France, and even brought the Art Nouveau movement to America having published a variety of covers for Harpers Magazine and more.  Grasset also created his own lettering which later was turned into a font, "Grasset."  His work is said to be influenced by Japanese art, of which I do recognize likenesses to Hokusai and Hiroshige which can be seen in the dark outlines and flat graphic quality in Grasset's work.

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To learn more about Eugene Grasset read his Wiki Article, and view his WikiArt page.  

Additionally, a few of his original works are currently on display in California at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento.  They are part of the Toulouse Lautrec Exhibition, which ends Sunday. 

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