Sagot’s Lithography Gallery. 1891. Color Lithograph. Hammer Museum
George Bottini was a French painter, draftsman and engraver. Bottini was born in Paris to a modest family but was motivated to study art and antiquities. Bottini is often regarded as self-taught, making frequent trips to the Louvre to study the Old Masters in place of a formal academic training.
Woman Having Supper. 1903. Etching. National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Bottini was also surrounded by artists living in Paris’s Montmartre district, which was full of creative energy. Many of Bottini’s works document scenes from Montmartre’s bars, theatres and brothels. In Bottini’s lifetime he made a number of prints, including woodcuts, etchings and lithographs.
Une sortie de theatre. 1898, reproduced in 1900. Intaglio print
Danseuse. Woodcut on Japon. Paper. 1896
Conversation. 1907. Woodcut in 4 colors.
His graphic work shows the influence of Japonism and Art Nouveau. In addition to his fine art prints, Bottini designed posters, including an iconic advertisement for Cycles Médinger in 1897. While Bottini’s life was cut short at the young age of thirty-three, his legacy has endured. His prints are in major collections around the world.