“Chèvrefeuille et primevère” [honeysuckle and primula], colour lithograph produced around 1900 by Georges Riom (1845-1969). Signed in the print in the centre. 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 honeysuckle is depicted here with its winding stems and lush flower clusters, often symbolizing love, happiness, and abundance. The flowers possess a delicate beauty, with intricate petals and long stamens. The graceful forms of the honeysuckle create a sense of movement and dynamism in the poster. The primula, also known as the primrose, represents hope, youth, and purity. The delicate petals of the primula are depicted with care, showcasing the fine details and texture of the flower. Both flower species are harmoniously combined here, with their elegant forms and colours coming together to create a visually appealing whole.