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|Artist: Henri Bellery-Desfontaines
|Title: L'Illusion (The Illusion)
A+, Original Lithograph,
issued by L'Estampe
Issue Number 5, September 1897.
Printed by F. Champenois, Paris.
Blindstamp lower right in margin.
Signed in the stone lower left.
Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat,
with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat.
Certificate of Authenticity.
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| Sheet Size:
||12 in x 16 in
||30.5 cm x 40.5 cm
|Price: $250.00 USD
L'Enigme, by Bellery-Desfontaines
also for L'Estampe Moderne.
Henri Bellery-Desfontaines was a French Art Nouveau painter,
decorator and illustrator renown for his posters, lithographs, tapestries,
furniture, bank note designs, typography, and other works of decorative
arts. He is thought to have began his artistic training under the
tutelage of Luc-Olivier Merson. During his years as a student, he
began to illustrate magazines. In 1895, drawn to illustration, and
he started to produce work for publications such as L'Image, L'Estampe
Moderne, and L'Almanach des Bibliophiles. In the same year, the Salon
des Artistes Français hosted one of his tapestry designs.
In the 1900s, Paris was the perfect place for a group of young artists
influenced by artistic currents like neogothic style or symbolism.
Most of them began as painters, switching later to decorative arts
attracted by the ideas of ever-present art and total art. Henri Bellery-Desfontaines
was a member of this group.
Bellery-Desfontaines gradually achieved notoriety as an ambitious
decorative artist, designing tapestries and furniture adorned with
ornate floral and vegetal motifs for wealthy patrons. He also was
an important fine artist and printmaker of his epoch, painting portraits
of Yvette Guilbert and Jean Mounet-Sully. Bellery-Desfontaines died
young, at age 42, leaving a vast production of unfinished artistic
Not unlike the Maitre de L'Affiche series, L'Estampe
Moderne was a portfolio printed between 1897-98, published
by Imprimerie Champenois, Paris, contained 24 monthly portfolios,
with four original lithographs in each. Each commissioned only for
this series. Some of the contributing artists included Mucha, Rhead,
Meunier, Ibels, Steinlen, Willette and Grasset.