01 July 2012

July By Franz Melchers


15 comments:

Angela Bell said...

Like this illustration,a new one for me!

Jane said...

Glad you like Melchers, too. Each month this year begins with a woodcut by the Belgian artist Franz Melchers and is taken from a book by Thomas Braun titled L'An (The Year. I posted on article on January 5, 2012 "Franz Melchers and Japonisme In Belgium. There is also an article about author Thomas Braun on wikipedia.fr.
A few years ago I was able to look at the original book from 1897 at New York University Library. I t is a large square volume and the qulaity of the color is outstanding.

Rouchswalwe said...

Love those ceiling beams!

Jane said...

The red chair and the green chair don't have the same number of slats in their backs, either. No matter how much detail Melchers included in an image it never seems cluttered.

Anonymous said...

Hi I am looking for more information about Franz Melchers and particularly about his wife Emilie-Jeanne (Dommartin) Melchers who belong to my family. Olivier.

Jane said...

I will share any more information that I can find about Melchers, as I, too, am curious. I suggest that you also contact Neil Philip at Idbury Prints (Adventures In The Print Trade) as he is located in the U.K. and may have sources of information that a New Yorker like me doesn't. Best of luck.

Philippe Group said...

I am doing some research on Franz Melchels. Have some works and photos. He lived separated from his wife Jeanne Dommartin although she still loved him.They had two children Andree and Harold.

Jane said...

Philippe, so nice to hear from you. I haven't been so succesfulas you; I couldn't find this information on Franz Melchers. Holding a copy of the original (only?) edition of L'An in my hands was a thrilling experience. I first saw the Melchers at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. It seems to me that a reprint would be welcomed on both sides of the Atlantic. If you care to share more information, please do. Or send a link if you post about Melchers.

Philippe Group said...

Dear Jane, In the time coming I'll try to open a blog about Franz Melchers starting to show photos of his wonderfull works ' Music in forms and colours' last mentioned in an art magazine of 1924.

Jane said...

Philippe, what exciting news. Let me know when you do that. I'
ll add it to my "Dispatches" links.
And you'll have to tell us all about how you did this.

Philippe Group said...

Hi Jane, this is the start:
http://curiator.com/philippe-group

Philippe Group said...

Hi, Jane,
It took some time but I started publishing artworks by
Franz Melchers. So here the first link. More to follow.
http://curiator.com/philippe-group

Jane said...

Merci, Philippe! This is fascinating stuff. A lot of us in North America have waited years to learn more about Franz Melchers

Philippe Group said...

Hi Jane, Happy you liked the first posted artworks by Franz Melchers.
I told you about his artworks 'Music in Forms and Colors' made in 1924
and welcomed by the King and Queen of Spain on an exhibition in Madrid in 1925.Most of them are in my collection and if you like you can add 'Jazz Band' to your blog.
Thanks, Philippe

Philippe Group said...

'Music in forms and colors' By Franz Melchers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EJvZvJeY1g