Georges de Feure
Georges de Feure (real name Georges
Joseph van Sluÿters, 6 September 1868 – 26 November 1943) was a
French painter, theatrical designer, and industrial art designer in
the symbolism and Art Nouveau styles.
De Feure was born in Paris. His
father was an affluent Dutch architect, and his mother was Belgian.
De Feure had two sons, Jean Corneille and Pierre Louis, in the early
1890's with his mistress Pauline Domec and a daughter with his first
wife Marguerite Guibert (married 7 July 1897).
In 1886, de Feure was one of the
eleven students admitted at the Rijkscademie voor Beeldende Kunsten
in Amsterdam, which he did however leave very quickly for Paris
since he felt that formal academic training had nothing to offer
him. Being of very independent nature, de Feure never again took up
formal artistic studies, and forged his own independent path. He was
however influenced by Jules Chéret in his posters for the café
concert but most likely was never his pupil and became the key
designer of Siegfried Bing for L'Art Nouveau. He showed work in the
Exposition Universelle de Paris exhibition in 1900. He designed
furniture, worked for newspapers, created theater designs for Le
Chat Noir cabaret and posters. In August 1901, de Feure was
nominated Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur for his contribution to
the decorative arts. He died in poverty at the age of 75 years in