If I were to name one person who made Art Nouveau big in Europe, it would be Siegfried Bing (1838-1905). During his entire life, Bing gathered young artists with new ideas around him, he inspired them with Japanese art and eventually he gave them a platform to show and sell their work at the most central place in Europe, Paris!
At age 17, Bing had moved from Hamburg (Germany) to Paris (France) to run the French branch of his family’s import-export business. And in 1863, together with Jean-Babtiste Ernest Leullier, Bing founded another company called ‘Leullier fils et Bing’ which produced high quality ceramics. The French government recognised the high quality of the ceramics as the company won a gold medal at the Paris World’s Exhibition of 1867. This gave Bing the opportunity to prove that high quality decorative art, developed together with artisans and craftsmen, could very well be produced in larger volumes.
Back in the ’90s I studied Modern Japanese…
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