George Auriol

George Auriol, born Jean-Georges Huyot (26 April 1863, Beauvais (Oise) –6 February 1938, Paris), was a French poet, songwriter, graphic designer, type designer, and Art Nouveau artist. He worked in many media and created illustrations for the covers of magazines, books, and sheet music, as well as other types of work such as monograms and trademarks.

George Auriol
Born26 April 1863 
Beauvais 
Died2 February 1938  (aged 74)
Paris 
OccupationGraphic designer 

Biography

After he arrived in Paris in 1883, Auriol was introduced to typography and book design by Eugène Grasset and became particularly interested in the revival of historical type styles. Appointed by Georges Peignot, he created his signature typeface Auriol inspired by the Art Nouveau movement for the G. Peignot & Fils foundry, which was used in the work of Francis Thibaudeau and other publishers of the period. Auriol was a member of French bohemian culture, a denizen of the Chat Noir ("Black Cat Café") and long a friend of Erik Satie.[1]

Auriol illustrated playbills for André Antoine's Théâtre Libre and for the Théâtre du Chat Noir in the Montmartre district of Paris, one of which became a popular poster.[2]

Typefaces

All fonts cast by G. Peignot & Fils.

  • Auriol (1901-04)
  • La Française (1902)
  • L'Auriol (1903)
  • Auriol Champlevé (1904)
  • La Claire de Lune (1904-11)
  • La Robur (1904-11)[3]

Works by George Auriol

  • The Harpsichord of Yeddo. Prose poem. Appears in English in Specimens of the Forms of Discourse, compiled and edited by E.H. Lewis (New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1900), p. 45.
  • Le Premier Livre des cachets, marques, et monogrammes dessinés (Paris: Libraire Centrale des Beaux-Arts, 1901).
  • Les Trente-six Vues de la Tour Eiffel, illustrations by Henri Rivière, prologue by Arsène Alexandre (Paris: Imprimerie Eugène Verneau, 1902). George Auriol: typography, layout, & design.

Notes

  1. Orledge, Robert (Roger Nichols, trans.) Satie Remembered. Hal Leonard Corporation, 1995. (ISBN 157467000X, ISBN 978-1-57467-000-4)
  2. Macmillsn, Niel. An A-Z of Type Designers. Yale University Press, 2006 (pg. 38)

References

  • Fields, Armond and Leroy-Crevecœur, Marie. George Auriol. Layton, Utah: Peregrine Smith Books, 1985. (ISBN 0879052007, ISBN 978-0-87905-200-3)
  • Brief mention at typophile.com.
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