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Paul Elie Ranson

 (1864 - 1909)
Paul Elie Ranson was active/lived in France.  Paul Ranson is known for color distortion painting, decorative artst.

Paul Elie Ranson

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Ranson was born in Limoges, France. As the son of a successful local politician, he received permission to pursue his artistic dreams and started studying at the Ecoles des Arts Décoratifs in Limoges, but transferred to the more prestigious Académie Julian* in Paris in 1886.

In 1888, at the Académie, he met Paul Sérusier who encouraged him to join his post-impressionist* art group Les Nabis*. From 1890 onwards Ranson hosted meetings for Les Nabis at his home.

Ranson’s work showed a consistent commitment to the decorative arts: like Aristide Maillol he made designs for tapestry, some of which were executed by his wife.

His linear, sinuous style, seen in works such as Woman Standing beside a Balustrade with a Poodle, had strong affinities with Japanese prints and with contemporary developments in Art Nouveau* design; it was a style suited to a variety of media, stained glass, lithography, ceramics or tapestry.

Ranson tended to favour exotic, symbolic or quasi-religious motifs rather than subjects observed from nature.

In his Nabi Landscape of 1890, for example, he sets a variety of obscure feminine symbols within a fantasy landscape.

After his early death in 1909 his wife continued to run the Académie Ranson, which they had opened in 1908 to disseminate Nabi aesthetic ideas and techniques to a younger generation. Teaching was undertaken on a voluntary basis by other Nabis, especially Maurice Denis and Paul Sérusier.

"Art & Artists: Paul Ranson," webb Ranson, November 20, 2011

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About  Paul Elie Ranson

Born:  1864 - Limoges, France
Died:   1909 - Paris, France
Known for:  color distortion painting, decorative artst