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This first volume is dedicated to the 60 sketches of his industrial and architectural designs as found in the Esquisses décoratives.The sketches include a shelter, clips, rings, wardrobe, balcony, bench, jewelry, frame trim, electric buttons,MoreThis first volume is dedicated to the 60 sketches of his industrial and architectural designs as found in the Esquisses décoratives.The sketches include a shelter, clips, rings, wardrobe, balcony, bench, jewelry, frame trim, electric buttons, decorative bricks, tiling, ceramic, capitals, keys, gates (wood and grilled), nails, corbels, towers, country decorations, industrial signs, finials, stairway, printed fabrics, ridgepole decorations, wrought iron, ironworks, fountain, frieze, weather vanes, door-knockers, lead inlay, gardens, lanters, chandeliers, showcases, stores,marquetry, embossed metal, mosaic, wallpaper, mast bases, hinges, ceilings, door plates, stencil, porch, door, rinceau, rosettes, sgraffito, seats, pedestals, carpet, needlepoint tapestry, trellis, tympanum, stained glass and arches and arcs.René Binet was born in Chaumont, Yonne [Burgundy region] on the 14th of October, 1866 to Savinien Joseph Binet, a railway tracklayer and Marie Grosset, a housekeeper.He attended the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA), from 1886 until about 1892, and was a student of Victor Laloux. Binet was an architect, decorator, and painter. Perhaps his most culturally significant contribution was his design of the main entry for the Paris Exhibition of 1900, a commission that he won. He is considered an artist of La Belle Epoque, executing his designs in the style of Art Nouveau. Two Paris addresses are associated with the artist: 6 rue de l’Abbaye and 33 rue Bonaparte.According to the Musée d’Orsay, René Binet “discovered Italy after winning, in 1893, the Chaudesaigues prize, which enabled young architects to spend two years there”. Along with Italy, Binet also traveled to Sicily, Algeria and Spain. The museum also attributes these trips to his interest in watercolor painting. According to the museum, he traveled frequently which provided him some relief from his rheumatism. In 1903, an exhibition, at the Galerie Paul Durand-Ruel in Paris, featured his watercolor paintings.His work was also greatly influenced by the research and illustrations of Ernst Haeckel. Gustave Geffroy, in his forward to Esquisses décoratives, notes that Binet viewed the Clathrocanium reginae as the most beautiful and a perfect representation of the richness and logic of the Radiolaria family. Geffroy also points out that it is the Clathrocanium reginae that inspired the design of the Porte Monumentale [main entrance] of the Exposition Universelle of 1900. You can see illustrations of these geometric and microscopic sea creature skeletons in the next volume of Binet’s works or in the separate edition of Haeckel’s works from delsc.Binet died in 1911 in Ouchy, Switzerland.A second volume includes some of architectural projects such as the Porte Monumentale for the Exposition Universelle of 1900, the Printemps department store and his many watercolor paintings from Versailles and the Trianons.