Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Emile Guillieron

[Switzerland] (b 1850/d 1924)

"Émile Gilliéron studied at the trade school in Basel from 1872–1874, the Art Academy in Munich from 1875–1876, and finally at the studio of Isodore Pils in Paris from 1875 to 1877. (..) In 1877, Gilliéron relocated to Athens where he began his career as an archaeological artist who produced drawings for Greek and foreign excavators , designed commemorative postage stamps for the inaugural Olympic Games (1896 and 1906), and served as an art tutor for the royal family of George I. (...) Émile Gilliéron worked as an archaeological illustrator for Heinrich Schliemann and gained a reputation for being widely recognized as the best archaeological illustrator working in Greece at the time. This reputation helped Gilliéron acquire a position assisting with fresco reconstructions at the excavation at Tiryns from 1910-1912. Gilliéron also became the chief restorer for Arthur Evans at the Palace of Minos at Knossos on Crete. For over three decades, Gilliéron worked with his son, and predecessor, also named Émile, creating reproductions of frescoes and other artifacts for Arthur Evans.
 E. Gillieron & Son made and sold reproductions to museums and private collections all over the world up until the Death of Emile (son)  in 1939. Since then The National Museum in Athens has had a gallery devoted to Gilliéron’s replicas of the Greek Bronze Age. Despite scrutiny of validity and questions of forgery, E.Guillieron & Son reproductions remain valuable representations of ancient artistic achievements."


Greece 1896 "Olympic Games" (12,8,8) [Engr (Eugene Mouchon)][Typo (French Government Printing Works, Paris)] Sc(117,...,128) [ Images credit of Pinterest.com ]

[ In the Wikipedia Article, Emile Guillieron is also associated with the Design Work of the Olympic Games Series of 1906... I don't have any data certifying this , so I will "skip it", for the moment and extra research is needed...]

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