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Grasset, Eugène
Vitam mortuo reddo. [Wall-calendar for 1895].
Paris: Ch. Lorilleux & Cie., 1894. Vivid chromolithographic print (39.5 x 54.5 cm.); professionally linen-backed, with wide margins. Faint stress to centre from previous folds. Wall-calendar features vertical arrangement of months into two large scrolls, with Grasset’s monogram subtly-positioned at the bottom of the first. This calendar will next repeat in 2030. Originally appearing as supplement to the December 1894 issue of Bulletin de l'imprimerie, this calendar from Eugène Grasset was commissioned by the firm of Ch. Lorilleux. The firm's founder, Charles Lorilleux (who had died the previous year) had pioneered the mass-production of printing inks, to replace the in-house inks that most printing firms were using at the time. Here, the merits of this out-sourcing strategy are on full display in this trade journal calendar: with the depth of Lorilleux's inks bringing this lush triptych by Grasset to life. Designed in the same year as Grasset's Art Nouveau landmark poster for the Salon des Cent, and one year prior to his 1896 calendar (La belle jardinière).
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