Georges De Feure

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The son of a Dutch architect living in Paris, Georges van Sluiters was influenced mainly by the symbolist painters of his day, and his first watercolors were shown at a symbolist exhibition of 1892. As a posterist, he started out leaning strongly toward Cheret's graphic techniques, but slowly developed his own style. He used the pseudonym ''van Feuren'' at first, later changing it to ''de Feure.''
Interested in many facets of applied art, De Feure designed wall decor, tapestries, furniture, glass and jewelry, and for a time devoted himself to stage decor, designing some sets for the cabaret Chat Noir; in fact, during his 15-year sojourn in London (1913-1928), theatrical design was his principal source of income.
During the 1890s, however, he was one of the most original poster designers in the art nouveau vein, always ready to take an established premise and carry it to his own conclusion. Enigmatic women with strong facial features dominate his posters. But unlike most of his colleagues, he does not necessarily flatter them: the mystique he gives them is not so much one of allure as one of character. In some we can perceive almost Oriental fatalism, in others slyness, mystery, or perhaps a touch of sadness, but always a certain detachment. Perhaps because of this unfathomable aura, he has been called ''the poet of the poster.''