Claesen, Charles

Identity

Category

Person (Male)

Alternative name or descriptor

  • Etablissement photo-lithographique

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Status

  • Connected

Details

Life dates

Liège, 1829 - Liège, 1886

Activity

1868 - 1886 + Liège, Rue du Jardin Botanique, 26
Successor: Claesen Joseph (& Cie)
Charles Simon, ° 14.6.1829; + 6.11.1886. Lithographer, printer and publisher. First traded as "Etablissement Photographique" then "Photo-lithographique". The publishing house of Charles Claesen, founded in 1857 and commercially successful in the 1870s and 1880s, supplied "works relating to architecture and art". He used photography relatively early, installing photolithographic equipment in 1868; in this early period he published pattern books and collections in line from old prints. Portrait CVs indicate that Claesen aIso operated a portrait studio for a short period, 1872 ca. In the first half of the 1870s he published works illustrated with albumen prints, but with the rise of the collotype he apparently abandoned photography in favour of this process. In the late 1870s and 1880s, publication of large-size albums, collections of applied and decorative art, illustrated in collotype.
Branches in Paris, 30, Rue des Saints-Pères and in Berlin, Alexandrinenstrasse, in 1880-1882. In his 1886 catalogue: "Printing plant in Liège. Studio for lithographic and intaglio printing, chromolithography, autography, photography, photolithography". His son Joseph succeeded him in 1887, but the company continued to trade as "Ch. Claesen, Printer-Publisher".

Locations

1868 - 1886 + Liège, Rue du Jardin Botanique, 26

Exhibitions

Vienna, 1873; Philadelphia, 1876; Paris, 1878; Brussels, 1880; Antwerp, 1885; Paris, 1889.

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Affiliations

Affiliated entity

Association belge de Photographie

Type of affiliation

Member of

Dates of affiliation

1880 - 1894

Description of relationship

Membership continued in Charles Claesen's name for eight years after his death, presumably the actual member being his son Joseph.

Management

Record source

DIRECTORY_1997#702

Identity of institution

FotoMuseum Provincie Antwerpen

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Dates of creation/revision

SFJ revised 19.7.2017; SFJ revised 30.11.2019 based on information supplied by M. Demaeght

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