“Geranium et crocus”, colour lithograph produced around 1900 by Georges Riom (1845-1969). Signed in the print at the bottom. 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 geraniums here are depicted with their characteristic clusters of flowers in various shades of pink. The flowing lines of the geranium stem and leaves add an element of elegance to the composition. The fine details of the flower petals are accurately rendered, showcasing the artist’s attention to botanical accuracy. The crocuses bring a touch of early spring to the poster. These delicate flowers, depicted here in a bluish-pink/white colour, symbolize renewal and awakening. The slender stems and vibrant blooms are portrayed with a sense of movement and vitality. The contrast between the crocuses and their foliage adds visual interest and conveys a sense of natural harmony.