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EDOUARD CHIMOT (French / 1880-1959)

Édouard Chimot was a painter and printmaker, influenced by the Symbolists, whose aesthetic he carried forward into the age of Art Deco. Édouard Chimot's work has a strong erotic component. His heyday was the 1920s, when his own art was at its most powerful, and as Artistic Director of the fine press Les Éditions d'Art Devambez, Chimot worked closely with artists such as Pierre Brissaud, Edgar Chahine, Tsuguharu Foujita, and Alméry Lobel-Riche. Born in Lille in 1880, at the age of 17 Édouard Chimot studied under Levert and Mossa at the École des Arts Décoratifs in Nice, and subsequently under Pharaon de Winter at the Beaux-Arts, Lille. In 1903 Chimot was entrusted with the interior design of the Belle Epoque mansion the Villa Lysis in Capri, for the dissolute Baron Jacques d'Adelsward-Fersen; he was later to be the art director of Fersen's review Akedemos (1909-1910). It was also in 1903 that Chimot taught himself the techniques of etching. It was only in 1912 that Chimot exhibited his first etchings at the galerie Brunner, at the invitation of Louis Legrand. This was a slow start to what was to be a glittering career, and it was further hampered by the Great War, during which Chimot served in the French army. At the outbreak of war, Eugène Delâtre had already printed 7 of the etchings for Chimot's debut publication, Les Après-Midi de Montmartre, but it was not until 1920 that the remaining 7 plates could be printed. When the work appeared, it made Chimot's name, and he became one of the most influential figures in the artworld of 1920s Paris. He was editor of the short-lived art revue La Roseraie, and of Les Éditions d'Art Devambez, while at the same time supplying breathtaking etchings for limited edition artists' books, notably to the texts La Montée aux Enfers, Soirs d'Opium, and Les Belles de Nuit, by his good friend Maurice Magre. See: Maurice Rat, Édouard Chimot (Babou, 1931); J. L. Bernard, Édouard Chimot, 1880-1959: bibliographie des oeuvres illustrés (1991).

See also:

HENRY CHAPRONT
ANDRÉ COLLOT
ALMÉRY LOBEL-RICHE
MARIETTE LYDIS
FRANS DE GEETERE
HENRI JOSEPH THOMAS
PIERRE BRISSAUD
EDGAR CHAHINE

Selected prints by EDOUARD CHIMOT

À une amie, 1920
Etching/aquatint
Dans la fumée bleue, 1920
Etching/aquatint
Le café-concert
maudit, 1920
Etching/aquatint

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