Artist: Eugene Grasset Swiss (1841-1917)
Title: Encre Marquet
Plate: PL. 158
Original lithograph from "Les Maitres de L'Affiche" series.
From the rare De Luxe edition printed on Japon of only 100 copies
Printed by Imprimerie Chaix, Paris, 1899.
Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat.
Certificate of Authenticity.
Maitre Sheet Size: Approx 11 3/8 in x 15 3/4 in 29 cm x 40 cm
Price: $750.00 Rare De Luxe edition of 100
From the rare De Luxe edition printed on Japon of only 100 copies A detail from an Original Cover sheet showing the De Luxe pricing which was almost three time higher than the regular edition (Roughly one month's pay for a middle class collector in the1890's). The deluxe edition of 100 on Japon paper was more valuable as the printing was on a higher quality textured paper which gives the images warmer and enhanced colours.
"Quill pen in hand, the pensive young woman is looking for inspiration to write something lyrical in this fine, evocative design for a writing ink. Grasset adheres to the classic mode of portraying women as serenly composed and dignified. Only the fluttering hair and scurring night clouds suggest any wild untamed thoughts"(Gold p.5)
"Grasset did much to introduce the concept and practice of Art Nouveau in France. In fact, Grasset brought Art Nouveau to the poster: it was to become a worldwide vehicle of the art of advertising. In France, Grasset was the pioneer of an attempt, like that of William Morris in England, to reconcile art and industry…Interested as he was in all the applied arts he came naturally to the poster"(Weill p.32)