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ARTISTS / Grasset, Eugène-Samuel

Swiss/French 1841-1917
Grasset was born in Lausanne Switzerland, the beautiful small city high on the hills overlooking Lac Leman (Lake Geneva). He was apprenticed to an architect, attended the Polytechnic and travelled to Egypt, which was then a very popular tourist destination for those on 'the Grande Tour.' He settled in Paris in the fall of 1871, and became employed as a fabric and graphic designer which led to his first important project in collaboration with Charles Gillot (the inventor of photo-relief printing). "This was a major work of Art Nouveau book design in which Grasset used a combination of medieval and Near Eastern decorative motifs to frame and embellish his illustrations, but most importantly he integrated text and imagery in an innovative manner which has had a lasting influence on book illustration." (Cates). Grasset became an important figure in the Arts and Crafts movement in France.

Through his work for Rodolphe Salis, the proprietor of the avant garde cafe "Le Chat Noir," in Montmartre, he became acquainted with important artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec and Steinlen. By the end of the century Grasset’s reputation as a leading figure in the development of Art Nouveau poster design was well established in the minds of his contemporaries."

References:
La Plume, 122 (1894); 261 (1901) [special edn ded. to Grasset]
A. Alexandre: Eugene Grasset et son oeuvre (Paris, 1901)
V. Arwas: Berthon & Grasset (London, 1978)
Y. Plantin: Eugene Grasset (Paris, 1980) "

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