Sunday, April 17, 2011

Manuel Orazi - La Maison Moderne

"Opening its doors in 1899, Julius Meier-Graefe's La Maison Moderne was a competitor of Bing's Maison de l'Art Nouveau, both high-end art dealers focusing on the latest in new, modern art -- which, at the time, included the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Felix Aubert, and Pierre Selmersheim. The Maison, however, had a generally younger clientele and was generally more at the forefront of the movement than Bing's. Orazi, the master lithographer and designer featured at the gallery, created for it one of the most brilliant masterpieces of the era. The model, in serene stillness, is surrounded by all manner of delicate object d'art, from elaborate combs to fanciful lamps, curious statues to languid glassware. A tour de force in graphic design!" (Poster Please)

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