Spassky Fischer is a Paris-based graphic design studio founded in 2014 by Thomas Petitjean, Hugo Anglade, and Antoine Stevenot. In their practice, the designers focus mostly on creating printed matters and visual identities related to art and art exhibitions.
105 Oeuvres Décisives de la Peinture Occidentale Montrées par Michel Butor is the full original title of the book designed by the team of Spassky Fischer, presenting achievements of Western painting tradition.
Extensive content displays reproductions of paintings created by the significant figures in the history of art, starting with Giotto and ending with Mondrian. The title refers to the text on Cézanne’s painting written by the marvelous French writer Michel Butor.
The team of Spassky Fisher put an emphasis on designing the cover of the book. This two-centimeters thick cover, noticeable not only before opening the book but also at every turning page, became an essential element of the project. Coated with intense colors, it highlights featured painting masterpieces and serves as a frame for each reproduction. As the designers say: “It presents the summary on its edges and allows paintings to be assigned to pure and powerful color blocks. Like a photographic or tv test card, these solid colors will serve the reader for the comparison of paintings, styles, and ages.”