Monday, December 29, 2014

Eugène Grasset

[Switzerland] (b 1845/d 1917)

Grasset was raised in an artistic environment as the son of a cabinet designer/maker and sculptor. He studied drawing under Francois-Louis David Bocion (1828–1890) and in 1861 went to Zurich to study architecture. After completing his education, he visited Egypt, an experience that would later be reflected in a number of his poster designs. He became an admirer of Japanese art, which influenced some of his designs. Between 1869 and 1870, Grasset worked as a painter and sculptor in Lausanne. He moved to Paris in 1871 where he designed furniture, fabrics and tapestries as well as ceramics and jewelry. His fine art decorative pieces were crafted from ivory, gold and other precious materials in unique combinations and his creations are considered a cornerstone of Art Nouveau motifs and patterns.In 1877 Eugène Grasset turned to graphic design, producing income-generating products such as postcards and eventually postage stamps . He taught design at the École Guérin from 1890 to 1903, at the École d’Art graphique in the rue Madame from 1903 to 1904, at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière from 1904 to 1913 and at the École Estienne in Paris.


Switzerland 1900 "25th Anniversary of UPU" (3,1) [Engr (F. Florian,Paris)][Recess (M. Girardet, Berne)] Sc(98,...,100)

Switzerland 1913 "Charity Stamps / Pro Juventute" (1) [Typo (Mint)] Sc(B1)

Switzerland 1914 "Various Designs" (5,3,3) [Engr (A.A. Burkhard/5f)(J. Sprenger/others)][Recess (Survey Department,Berne)] Sc(181,...,185)

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