Trained as a lawyer, Combaz soon turned to design. He developed a unique cloisonne style of patterned images (birds, figures, land and seascapes) enclosed in a darkly colored outline. He worked in many media: paintings, lithographs, drawings and sculpture.
Gisbert Combaz is among a handful of turn-of-the century poster artists to create a personal style that is still recognizable today.
His posters for the exhibition society La Libre Esthetique and his sets of postcards are as prized now as they were in Combaz's day. As this lavishly illustrated book reveals, however, Combaz was also an accomplished graphic artist, painter, and art critic who made important contributions to Western understanding of the art of the Far East and was an inspiring teacher to several generations of Belgian artists.