Born in Paris, Robert Bonfils was a French graphic artist, painter, and designer. He studied at the École Germain-Pilon in 1903 and at the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1906.
He worked for Henri Hamm, a furniture designer. His work included paintings, bookbindings, ceramics for Sèvres, Bianchini-Frerier silk, wallpaper and interior design layouts. He designed the tea room at the Au Printemps department store in Paris. With depictions of the seasons, he decorated the wall.
He was a professor of design at the École Estienne from 1919.
The work of Bonfils was shown at the 1909-38 Salons d’Automne, the 1938 Salon des Tuileries and the Société des Artistes Décorateuers Salons. At the 1913 Salon in Paris, he introduced his first book, Binding, Clara d’Ellebuese. He was an organiser of the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris in 1925. He exhibited in nine categories, and he designed one of the posters and catalogue covers. He also participated in the 1937 Paris ‘Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne.’ In 1939 he was at the ‘New York World’s Fair’. In 1958 he was at the ‘Exposition Universelle et Internationale de Bruxelles.’
A selection of his work
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L’école Estienne is the traditional name of the École supérieure des arts et industries graphiques (ESAIG) (Graduate School of Arts and Printing Industry). The property is located in the 13th Paris district of Boulevard Auguste-Blanqui, at 18, not far from the Butte-aux-Cailles. The front façade of the École Estienne.
Ruhlmann used the same basic motif-a stylized Cedar of Lebanon tree set within an irregular circle-on this textile and related wallpaper (MMA 2005.334), though on the textile each motif is offset by an added circle of dots. The pattern was produced in alternate colorways.
École Boulle is a college for fine arts and crafts and applied arts in Paris, France. The École Boulle was created in 1886 and is named after the cabinetmaker André-Charles Boulle, who during the reign of Louis XIV (1643-1715), the Sun King, was commonly considered to be the preeminent artist in the field of marquetry or inlay.