Eugene Grasset Art Nouveau Poster – Woman Examining Flowers

A study of color by CTG Publishing. Take an Eugene Grasset poster and play with the background color + a tribute to the 2014 color of the year – the poster entirely in purple (HTML B163A3).

Eugene Grasset Poster with Grey-Green Background

Eugene Grasset Poster with Grey-Green Background

Eugene Grasset Poster with Green Background

Eugene Grasset Poster with Green Background

Eugene Grasset Poster with Blue Background

Eugene Grasset Poster with Blue Background

Eugene Grasset Poster with Purple Background

Eugene Grasset Poster with Purple Background

Eugene Grasset Art Nouveau Poster in Radiant Orchid

Eugene Grasset Art Nouveau Poster in Radiant Orchid

Top Digital Titles for October 2013

The top 10 digital titles for October 2013 are listed below.

  • Eugene Grasset: A Passion for Design
  • Hawaii Agritourism Guide
  • Pierre Joseph Redouté Fruit and Flower Illustrations
  • Art Deco Fashion Designs
  • 212 Days – The Paris Exposition of 1900
  • Ernst Haeckel Inspired by Nature
  • The Women and Cats of Art Nouveau Artists
  • Art Nouveau Animal Decorative Designs
  • Ehret & Haid London Botanical Illustrations
  • Pierre Antoine Poiteau: 1850 Botanical Prints
Eugene Grasset - A Passion for Design Book Cover

Eugene Grasset – A Passion for Design Book Cover

Rêve aux étoiles by Paul Berthon dedicated to Eugene Grasset

Poem and images by Paul Berthon circa about 1894, an Art Nouveau artist and a student of Eugene Grasset.

A mon cher maître E. GRASSET

Comme je passais près de la prairie,
Ne pensant à rien – mais rêvant un peu –
Je vis roder par la lande fleurie
Un rayon d’étoile – un beau rayon blue.
Il allait, filtrant au travers des branches,
Se glissant sous bois, frôlant le gazon,
Jetant dans la nuit une floraison
Fantasque de lueurs et de clartés blanches.

Où t’en vas tu donc égarer tes pas
Au travers de tant et de tant de lieues?
O joli rayon, regard des nuits bleues,
Quelle étoile d’or t’envoie ici bas?
Pourquoi quitte-tu les cieux de lumière?
Est-ce pour aller emmi les clairières

Boire la rosée au coeur des bruyères
Te griser de thyms et de serpolets?
Ou bien t’en vas-tu dans le cimetière
Errer doucement sur la blanche pierre
Où l’on voit le soir danser les follets?
Et le rayon m’a dit: “Non! je suis une fée.”
Il ajouta tout bas – “mais tu n’en diras rien.”
Et la douce chanson de sa voix étouffée
Montait comme un léger murmure aérien!

“Par les soirs de printemps et par les soirs d’été,
Tandis que je descends, furtive et solitaire
Acccomplir ici-bas mon oeuvre de mystère,
Frissonne dans la nuit mon manteau de clarté!
Infatigablement je sillonne l’espace.
Si doucement je vais que l’on ne m’entend pas,
Tout le monde m’ignore, et pourtant quand je passe,
Les fleurs et les oiseaux s’éveillent sous mes pas!
C’est moi qui chaque soir vais semer la pervenche
Et jeter la rosée au fond des bois ombreux.
J’ouvre de mes doigts fins chaque corolle blanche,
J’étoile d’une fleur le bout de chaque branche,
Dans le sentier par où s’en vont les amoureux!
Et je fleuris aussi les coeurs. – Si le poète
Qui pleure amèrement son doux rrêve envolé
Sent tressaillir son coeur, et relève la tête,
Et sans savoir comment se trouve consolé,
C’est que mon aile blanche en passant l’a frôlé!

Partout où dans la nuit j’entends une prière
Ou des sanglots, j’accours! De mes doigts de lumière
Je jette un rayon rose au fond des coeurs meurtris
Et je sèche les pleurs des pauvres yeux flétris;
Et dans la nuit profonde, autour de moi s’élève
Comme un parfum très doux de jeunesse et d’espoir,
Qui fait ouvrir les fleurs, qui fait fleurir le rêve,
Et chanter les baisers dans la brise du soir!
Toujours, toujours, je vais… je vais… de grève en grève,
Et j’entends, tout le long de mon chemin béni,
Un cantique d’amour monter dans l’infini!”

Et le rayon, glissant tout à coup dans l’espace,
N’est plus à l’horizon qu’un tout petit point blanc,
Qui tremblotte, se meurt, renaît… et puis s’efface…
Etincelle d’amour qui flamboie et qui passe
Comme une vision dans un rêve troublant…

La Fee Aux Etoiles Illustration by Paul Berthon

La Fee Aux Etoiles Illustration by Paul Berthon

Poem by Paul Berthon Reve Aux Etoiles dedicated to E. Grasset

Poem by Paul Berthon Reve Aux Etoiles dedicated to E. Grasset

Poem by Paul Berthon Reve Aux Etoiles dedicated to E. Grasset

Poem by Paul Berthon Reve Aux Etoiles dedicated to E. Grasset

Poem by Paul Berthon Reve Aux Etoiles dedicated to E. Grasset

Poem by Paul Berthon Reve Aux Etoiles dedicated to E. Grasset

212 Days – The Paris of 1900

View of Trocadero through the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Exposition of 1900

View of Trocadero through the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Exposition of 1900.
Image from the Library of Congress.

Discover the Paris of 1900.

Take a trip back in time to Paris when the city was filled with the sights and sounds of the Great Fair. It was a time when Art Nouveau was in fashion and the noise from the electric railcars competed with the galloping of horses.

The story of the Exposition Universelle of 1900 begins with President François Carnot’s decree but the country would see three more men serve as President of France before the opening ceremony. The Exposition lasted for 212 days during which time Metro line No. 1 was launched for service to the public.

From 1892 to 1900, the world witnessed the execution of, what even some French considered to be, the lofty ambitions of the Exposition’s commission and the product was unveiled on Easter Sunday in 1900. The population of Paris increased by about 7% during the Exposition, hosting about 240K visitors per day. To compare, in 2012, Disneyland® Paris hosted 44K visitors per day*.

The 50 million visitors to the Exposition included 83K exhibitors from 42 countries. The exhibitors were organized into 18 groups and 121 subgroups. Alfred Picard, the General Commissioner, not only considered the needs of the exhibitors but also the concessionaires, collaborators, workers, conference attendees, and the Olympians. In all, over 75 attractions were created that were surrounded by beautiful parks, fountains and gardens.

The Exposition was a combination of a public fair and a venue for an international tradeshow, many international conferences, the Olympic games and a centennial retrospective. Three main areas of Paris were used for the Exposition with a total open and enclosed space of 224 hectares, the equivalent to 418 American football fields.

Consider that some of the beautiful buildings that dot the landscape of Paris today were built for the Exposition. In fact, over 25% of the Exposition’s budget can be traced to three structures that still stand today. The Eiffel Tower is not one of them. It was built for the 1889 exposition and received new paint as well as some structural and electrical upgrades. The city’s infrastructure was improved to include new rail, sewer and water lines.

Read the book to discover the Paris of 1900 through the maps, images, facts and figures translated and summarized from many original documents including Alfred Picard’s Exposition universelle internationale de 1900 à Paris and his Bilan d’un siècle. Also view videos from the Thomas Edison collection as sourced from the Library of Congress.

*Source: corporate.disneylandparis.com/about-our-company/the-narrative-of-numbers/index.xhtml

Krakatoa Blast and Eugene Grasset’s La lune sur le Champ-de-Mars

Walking home from a night out, I looked up and saw the moon. My neighbor, Elisa, informed me that it was a blue moon. It did not look blue.

What I found out is copied below but also makes me wonder if the volcanic eruption of 1883 inspired Eugene Grasset’s Moon Over the Champ de Mars or La lune sur le Champ-de-Mars. The printed date of Eugene’s Grasset work is 1886 and is included below.

‘There was a time, not long ago, when people saw blue moons almost every night. Full moons, half moons, crescent moons–they were all blue, except some nights when they were green.

The time was 1883, the year an Indonesian volcano named Krakatoa exploded. Scientists liken the blast to a 100-megaton nuclear bomb. Fully 600 km away, people heard the noise as loud as a cannon shot. Plumes of ash rose to the very top of Earth’s atmosphere. And the moon turned blue.

Krakatoa’s ash is the reason. Some of the ash-clouds were filled with particles about 1 micron (one millionth of a meter) wide–the right size to strongly scatter red light, while allowing other colors to pass. White moonbeams shining through the clouds emerged blue, and sometimes green.

Blue moons persisted for years after the eruption. People also saw lavender suns and, for the first time, noctilucent clouds. The ash caused “such vivid red sunsets that fire engines were called out in New York, Poughkeepsie, and New Haven to quench the apparent conflagration,” according to volcanologist Scott Rowland at the University of Hawaii.’

Eugene Grasset The Moon La Lune Over Champ de Mars Paris

Quote Source: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2004/07jul_bluemoon/

Eugene Grasset and La Belle Jardinière 1896

I am fortunate enough to have several originals pages from La Belle Jardinière calendar dated 1896. I may post the full originals but thought that closeups would be an interesting way to view the work. One of Eugene Grasset’s students remarked how the details draws (or seduces) the viewer into Eugene Grasset’s works.

Eugene Grasset La Belle Jardiniere 1896
Eugene Grasset La Belle Jardiniere 1896
Eugene Grasset La Belle Jardiniere 1896
Eugene Grasset La Belle Jardiniere 1896

Art Nouveau Animal Decorative Designs

In a previous edition of delsc, Art Nouveau decorative designs of mainly a floral nature were presented to the reader. This current supplemental edition focuses on fauna and extends the CTG survey of Art Nouveau to some artists that have yet to appear in any of the publications. This current publication also includes a few quotes from Eugène Grasset and M.P. Verneuil including the following:

“But besides flora, fauna can vary our documentation and perhaps we do not employ it enough. Is it because it is more difficult to encounter? The illustration is more difficult, the construction more delicate and perhaps the ornamentation is more laborious but what a resource for our works.”
As translated by CTG Publishing from the French text by M.P. Verneuil from Art & décoration. v.19 1906.

You can access a digital copy of this edition from amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. A print copy of this edition can be obtained from magcloud.com.

The subjects covered in the edition include ocean, fish, bird, bug, butterfly and reptile designs by leading Art Nouveau decorative artists such as:

  • H. Bellery-Desfontaines (1867 to 1909)
  • Édouard Bénédictus (1878 to 1930)
  • Maurice Dufrène (1876 to 1955)
  • Eugène Grasset (1844 to 1917)
  • René Lalique (1860 to 1945)
  • Alfons Mucha (1860 to 1939)
  • M. P. Verneuil (1869 to 1942)
  • Henri Vever (1854 to 1942)

Art Nouveau Decorative Animal Designs
Art Nouveau Decorative Animal Designs

Art Deco and Art Nouveau Publications Series Amazon B&N Magcloud
Eugene Grasset: A Passion for Design n/a Available Available Available
Art Nouveau Decorative Designs Delsc Available Available Available
The Library of Eugene Grasset Delsc Available Available Available
The Women and Cats of Art Nouveau Artists Delsc Available Available Available
Art Deco Fashion Designs: Barbier, Brissaud and Marty Delsc Available Available Available

Women and Cats of Art Nouveau Artists

CTG Publishing has released The Women and Cats of Art Nouveau Artists. The publication is a collection of prints from the below listed artists. The subjects of the prints are the cats and/or women. This book is available on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.

Artists include:
Jules Chéret (1836 to 1932)
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 – 1901)
Eugène Grasset (1844 to 1917)
Alfons Mucha (1860 – 1939)
Théophile Steinlen (1859 – 1923)
Louis Rhead (1857 – 1926)
M. P. Verneuil (1869–1942)
Paul Follot (1875 – 1942)
Paul Berthon (1872 – 1909)
Georges de Feure (1868 – 1943)
Edward Penfield (1866 – 1925)
Leonetto Cappiello (1875 – 1942)

The Women and Cats of Art Nouveau Artists

The Women and Cats of Art Nouveau Artists

Art Deco and Art Nouveau Publications Series Amazon B&N Magcloud
Eugene Grasset: A Passion for Design n/a Available Available Available
Art Nouveau Decorative Designs Delsc Available Available Available
The Library of Eugene Grasset Delsc Available Available Available
The Women and Cats of Art Nouveau Artists Delsc Available Available Available
Art Deco Fashion Designs: Barbier, Brissaud and Marty Delsc Available Available Available