This image was symbolic of Richard Wagner’s heroine in the opera Die Walkire. It was one of the images produced for the series called L’Estampe Moderne.
The "L'Estampe Moderne was a collector's edition of 100 color lithographs from the most acclaimed French art nouveau artists of the period, appearing in monthly issues of four prints each between May 1897 and April 1899. Each contains the "blindstamp" imprint of the series: a head of a young woman in the lower right corner. The publication was distributed by Imprimerie Champenois, Paris. It contained twenty-four monthly portfolios plus four bonus plates each with commentaries or poems about the image. Almost all of these lithographs were commissioned especially for this series.
Gaston Bussiéré was a french painter, illustrator of books, and printmaker. He was taught by his father, a decorative painter. He attended the École des Beaux-Arts in Lyon and then went to Paris. Bussiéré was greatly influenced by the works of his contemporaries, especially Gustave Moreau. His paintings followed the Symbolist style. He used French legends and Nordic myths in many of his paintings, which lent themselves to the illustrations he created for many books of his day. Gaston exhibited in the Symbolist Salon de la Rose and Croix for two years. It was during this time, the art cards of his work, we see today, were made. His most known painting is from Oscar Wilde's Salome. Bussièrè's lifelong specialty was the study of the female nude. He upheld rigorous draughtsmanship, while still capturing the sensuality of his subjects. At the same time, Gaston used the surrounding countryside, streams and forests, to giving his romantic nymphs the perfect settings.
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