Paul Ranson

Limoges 1864 - 20 February 1909 Paris

SEE ALSO NABIS

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Deux Femmes sous un arbre en fleur, circa 1895

Apple Tree with Red Fruit, circa 1902, Museum of Fine Art Houston

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Painter, designer of tapestries, puppeteer. Wealthy like Lacombe, bourgeois of extreme left. Made elegant and celebrated non woven tapestries embroidered by Mme Ranson after paper sketches. Almost all have vanished. Sinuous lines in his composition. More of a Nabi japonard than Bonnard.

TIMELINE

1888

Student at the Academie Julian

1890

Creative Leader of the Nabi. They gathered at his studio on Saturdays at 25 Bl de Montparnasse, formerly the Hotel de la Montespan. They would also meet at Lamcombe’s place. Both places were called ergasterium. Ranson’s was also called The Temple and Mme Ranson ‘The Light of The Temple’ R gave everyone their picturesque soubriquet.

1908

Opened Academie Ranson.

1909

Dies. The Academie is kept running by his wife and the Nabi, especially Denis and Serusier.

 

SOURCES

3)    The Nabis and their period. Charles Chasse’. Translated by Michael Bullock 1969. Lund Humphries, London. First published French 1960.