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Marcel-Louis Baugniet collection

 Collection
Call Number: GEN MSS 900

Scope and Contents

The collection includes material designed by Baugniet including original drawings for advertisements and other ephemera, printed versions of advertisements and sheet music, posters and ephemera related to Baugniet's exhibitions, and a periodical featuring an article on his wife Akarova.

Dates

  • 1922 - 1936

Creator

Language of Materials

In French and Dutch.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Marcel-Louis Baugniet Collection is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Michael R. Weintraub, Inc., on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2011.

Arrangement

Organized into three series: I. Graphic Designs, 1922-1930. II. Exhibition Ephemera, 1925-1929. III. Other Material, 1936.

Extent

0.33 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.baugniet

Overview

The collection includes material designed by Baugniet including original drawings for advertisements and other ephemera, printed versions of advertisements and sheet music, posters and ephemera related to Baugniet's exhibitions, and a periodical featuring an article on his wife Akarova.

Marcel-Louis Baugniet (1896-1995)

Marcel-Louis Baugniet was a Belgian painter, graphic artist, stage designer, and furniture designer. He was also one of the principal promoters of the Constructivist style and after his return from Paris in 1922, with the work of the French and Russian avant-garde fresh in his mind, he was determined to rouse Belgium from its artistic torpor and create a new utopian world of functional, elegant and rational form. When the Constructivists fell out of favor with the critics and the public he turned his attention to interiors and furniture design, and only at the end of his life were his earlier Constructivist paintings rediscovered, exhibited, and celebrated. His early career was heavily influenced by his companion and wife of six years, the avant-garde dancer Akarova (Marguerite Acarin). For her, he produced costumes and stage designs, and inspired by her he created his finest work of graphic art: the series of woodcuts entitled Kaloprosopies. One of his early projects on his return to Belgium was to reform the backward and undistinguished tradition of Belgian advertising and graphic arts. To that end, in 1922 he founded the advertising firm Fulgura, whose style was heavily influenced by contemporary Dutch and Russian posters with their bold and simple lines.

Processing Information

Information in this finding aid was repurposed from a dealer inventory; the collection was processed in October 2012.
Title
Guide to the Marcel-Louis Baugniet Collection
Author
by Beinecke Staff
Date
2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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Contact:
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(203) 432-2977

Location

121 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Opening Hours

Access Information

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