Emmanuel Orazi was a native of Rome who spent most of his adulthood in Paris as a graphic and decorative artist. Starting in 1892, he supplied illustrations to various magazines including Paris-Noel, Le Figaro Illustre and L'Assiette au Beurre, starting in 1892.
He began a long term working relationship with the prestigious art and home decor store, La Maison Moderne in Paris, for whom he designed jewelry - as well as one of his best posters.
Julius Meier-Graefe's La Maison Modems, opened in 1899, was a competitor of Bing's Maison de l'Art Nouveau. For it, Orazi created one of the most arrestingly beautiful of all Art Nouveau posters. Using orange, blue and green tints, he gives us a sinuously elegant model set in a serene background. Composed brilliantly so that the line running from the top of her head to the tip of her sleeve almost forms a third arm to the chair.
In addition to the pottery, glass and lamps sold in the shop, the model advertises jewelry. At her neck is a brooch with baroque pearls, and in her hair are shown two of the combs (one is adorned with an alligator) made from tortoiseshell or horn, which were so necessary to control the elaborate coiffures then in fashion.
Orazi was a master lithographer and brilliant colorist; his posters can be savored as much for their brilliant design as for their technical perfection.