“Ancolie et rose” [columbine and rose], colour lithograph produced around 1900 by Georges Riom (1845-1969). Signed in the print at the top. Size: approx. 39 x 18 cm.
This beautiful petite poster features an elegantly asymmetrical composition typical of Art Nouveau. Nature was often the primary source of inspiration, filled with long-stemmed, gracefully stylized plants and flowers. The flowers were depicted in a style reminiscent of Japanese prints: two-dimensional and almost abstract, with a graceful composition and vibrant colors.
The renowned merchant Siegfried Bing played a pivotal role in the increase of Japanese influences in the Western art world. The prints imported by Bing found great appeal among artists searching for a new style, including Vincent van Gogh. Bing specialized in Japanese art at his Parisian gallery L’Art Nouveau, from which the movement derived its French name.
The columbine, depicted with its striking petals and unique shape, exudes a sense of playfulness and elegance. The slender stems of the columbine and the arrangement of the flowers add a feeling of movement and grace to the composition. The rose, a symbol of love and beauty, is portrayed as the centerpiece. It is renowned for its enchanting fragrance, and the detailed depiction of its petals adds a sense of refinement and tenderness to the poster. Both flowers are combined here in a harmonious composition. The contrasts between the elegant forms, vibrant colors, and delicate details create a visually appealing and captivating whole.