France 1869 – 1942
Switzerland 1845 – France 1917
Pl.58 Thistle [Chardon] Die Distel (Leaf 62 recto)
1896 Description: from La Plante et ses applications ornementales [The Plant and its ornamental applications]
Materials & Technique: prints, pochoir, lithography on paper
This is one of 144 illustrations in a portfolio, produced under the direction of Eugéne Grasset, teacher, artist and pioneer of Art Nouveau. This delicately drawn plant is followed by two illustrations of it interpreted into an array of decorative designs and motifs. The book includes examples of how these ornamental interpretations could be applied to decorative objects such as fabrics, ceramics, wallpapers, furniture and metalwork. The publication was intended as an example of how artists and crafts practitioners could borrow directly from nature.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design