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R. Wiener

René Wiener, 1901 Old photograph published in the Bulletin des Sociétés Artistiques de l'Est Nancy, Musée Lorrain © Nancy, Musée Lorrain René WIENER
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Nancy 1855 - Nancy 1939

René Wiener took over his family’s book and stationary shop, previously run by his father and grandfather, in 1879. In the shop window he displayed the latest works of his artist friends including Victor Prouvé, Camille Martin, Emile Friant, Ernest Bussière, Louis Hestaux, and the Japanese painter Takashima.

Designer and creator of ex-libris and monograms, René Wiener built up an excellent reputation as a bookbinder. In 1893, at the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts Salon, he presented eight book-bindings produced in collaboration with Victor Prouvé and Camille Martin. Both admired and criticized, these bindings were the first recognition of a distinctive Nancy “school” of decorative art. After his brief collaboration with Prouvé and Martin, he decided to broaden his contacts. The Nancy artists Emile Friant, Jacques Gruber, Louis Guingot and Parisian artists Toulouse-Lautrec, Rudnicki, and Auriol were amongst those who supplied him with sketches for his bindings. In 1900, he sold his bookshop and the following year, on the early death of his only daughter, he gave up the book-binding business. A well-known art lover, he left the Lorraine Historical Museum almost all of his entire collection in 1939, including an important collection of documents. 


References : 
Martine Mathias (s. dir.). René Wiener : relieur et animateur de la vie culturelle au temps de l'Ecole de Nancy. Cat exposition Musée Lorrain. Nancy : Musée Lorrain, 1999