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Seguy, Emile-Alain
Butterfly Print - Plate 20, 1924
Inventory #FRP24593



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Seguy, Emile-Alain
Butterfly Print - Plate 20, 1924

12.5 x 17.5 inches (32 x 44 cm)


Inventory #FRP24593

Price: $400      

This is a beautiful pochoir print from French decorative artist Emile-Alain Seguy, who enjoyed a successful career spanning Art Nouveau to Art Deco, from 1900 through the 1930s. He produced 11 decorative folios, including the intensely colored Papillons (Butterflies) series from 1924, totaling 20 plates portraying butterflies enlarged up to 10 or 15 times their size from around the world. Innovative not only for their early Art Deco design, the butterfly compositions are rendered with scientific accuracy.

Seguy employed the pochoir technique – a printing process that requires hand colored stencils to create remarkably deep and iridescent color. Pochoir books were popular in the 1920s, with Paris at the center of the production, paving the way for subsequent silkscreening techniques. Seguy’s Butterflies were influential for many designers for their abstract compositions and electric color palette.

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