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Christiaan Lebeau – Art Nouveau batik

Ausstellungsstrasse 60
8005 Zürich
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Pfingstweidstrasse 94
8005 Zürich
Like other artists around 1900, the Dutchman Johannes Christiaan (or Chris) Lebeau (1878–1945) took up the textile dyeing technique of batik, which developed particularly on the island of Java. With batik, the pattern is painted onto the fabric with wax and thus remains unchanged when the fabric is submerged in a dye bath. Lebeau’s use of this traditional craft reflects the European reform movement’s aspiration to create artistically sophisticated utilitarian objects.