Maurice Dessertenne

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Lighting through the ages. Illustration by Dessertenne for the Nouveau Larousse illustré

Maurice Dessertenne was a French illustrator. He is considered one of the master illustrators of the early 20th century [1] and is one of the artists responsible for the development of a specific esthetic of ornamental dictionary illustration in France.[2]

Dessertenne's illustrations are featured in many of the Larousse illustrated encyclopedias. He was the author of all illustrations in the first-generation Larousse Classique Illustré[3] and one of the prominent illustrators of the Nouveau Larousse Illustré and the Petit Larousse.


  1. ^ Monique Catherine Cormier, Aline Francoeur, Les dictionnaires Larousse: genèse et évolution, PUM, 2005, ISBN 2-7606-1991-5, ISBN 978-2-7606-1991-3. p. 189.
  2. ^ Ornamental Illustrations in French Dictionaries, p. 29
  3. ^ Ornamental Illustrations in French Dictionaries, p. 17