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Sem
(Georges Goursat)

French (1863-1934)

"Around 1890 Georges Goursat began to use the moniker “Sem” when signing his work. He was invited to Paris in March 1900 by Jean Lorrain, mainly to work in the studio of Cheret. In Paris, Sem lived on the Rue de Vaugirard and he found his artistic inspiration in visiting the racetracks of Paris, where he watched the members of the Jockey Club at play. Here he put together the album The Turf, which was immediately considered a great success.

(www.sem-caricaturiste.info)

He also became associated with Parisian society, where he was able to observe the privileged, whether at the Restaurant Maxim’s, at the Opera, at Longchamps, or in the Allée des Acacias . Sem’s success was not only limited to Parisian high society but also to the masses.

He worked regularly on many periodicals, both humorous and serious, including Le Figaro. He also made many trips to the coast of Normandy, where he painted the sailing vessels of Deauville and where he put together his albums Paris – Trouville and Tangoville-sur-Mer. He also visited the Cote d’ Azur, where he worked on his albums Monte Carlo and Sem á la Mer Bleue. Sem’s unique talent made his work very identifiable, particularly because of the essential sobriety of his composition, in which his characters usually emerge from a white or plain background rather than being more obvious caricatures.

His work is particularly associated with the Belle Epoque and, during this period, he wrote numerous articles chronicling theatre shows, fashion, travel and artistic reviews. He also created a number of very beautiful posters illustrating subjects like the clowns Footit and Chocolat, the tourist towns of Deauville, Cannes and Monte Carlo, and also a number of businesses including Benedictine.

Sem drew in a personal way, with great success, and was rewarded during his lifetime with both fame and fortune."
(The Virtual Absinthe Museum, www.oxygenee.com)


Sem - Poster Gallery (2 galleries - scroll down)
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Wonderful Original Pochoir (Hand coloured) lithographs from the turn of the Century
From Sem's "Palais de Glace" (The Ice Palace, Champs Elysees, Paris)
portfolio (album) printed in Paris ca. 1899. No. 83 of only 250 printed.


Palais de Glace des Champs Elysses ca. 1900



Lady skating
no.1
Original pochoir lithograph
From "Palais de Glace"
No. 83 of only 250 printed
Printed Paris, ca.1899
US $275.00



Couple skating

Original pochoir lithograph
From "Palais de Glace"
No. 83 of only 250 printed
Printed Paris, ca.1899
Just Sold




Lady seated

Original pochoir lithograph
From "Palais de Glace"
No .83 of only 250 printed
Printed Paris, ca.1899
US $250.00



Lady skating
no.2
Original pochoir lithograph
From "Palais de Glace"
No. 83 of only 250 printed
Printed Paris, ca.1899
Just Sold



Garcon
(skating partner)
Original pochoir lithograph
From "Palais de Glace"
No. 83 of only 250 printed
Printed Paris, ca.1899
US $150.00



Lady skating
no.3
Original pochoir lithograph
From "Palais de Glace"
No. 83 of only 250 printed
Printed Paris, ca.1899
Just Sold



Lady skating
no.4
Original pochoir lithograph
From "Palais de Glace"
No. 83 of only 250 printed
Printed Paris, ca.1899
Just Sold



Lady skating
no.5
Original pochoir lithograph
From "Palais de Glace"
No. 83 of only 250 printed
Printed Paris, ca.1899
US $175.00



Lady skating
no.6
Original pochoir lithograph
From "Palais de Glace"
No. 83 of only 250 printed
Printed Paris, ca.1899
US $175.00




Pochoir
French for stencil, defines a technique of print making popular in France in the early 1900s.



It is a labor intensive process of applying brilliant color by hand using a series of cutout stencils.



Each plate is an original print using up to thirty stencils in one image. All are hand colored.

Coulourful Original Pochoir (Hand coloured) lithographs from the turn of the Century
From Sem's "Celebrites Contemporaines et la Benedictine"
portfolio (album) printed by Devambez in Paris ca.1900.

"I would like . . . to group in a series of albums all the celebrities of the day, only the most illustrious and famous names. But to bring together so many important people, so occupied and not easily mobilized, I feared that my modest talent was not a sufficient enough attraction . . . So, to convince them, I had the idea to offer to them a glass of famous "Benedictine" . . . And, indeed, all answered my invitation with a unified eagerness as if I was flattering them." Sem



Coquelin

Original pochoir lithograph
Printed by Devambez,
Paris ca.1900
US $250.00



Simone Le Darff

Original pochoir lithograph
Printed by Devambez,
Paris ca.1900
US $250.00




Santos-Dumont

Original pochoir lithograph
Printed by Devambez,
Paris ca.1900
US $295.00



Albert Brasseur

Original pochoir lithograph
Printed by Devambez,
Paris ca.1900
US $250.00



Henri Rochefort

Original pochoir lithograph
Printed by Devambez,
Paris ca.1900
US $175.00



Jules Claretie

Original pochoir lithograph
Printed by Devambez,
Paris ca.1900
US $175.00




Doyen

Original pochoir lithograph
Printed by Devambez,
Paris ca.1900
US $175.00

 

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