Papillons, Plate 8 (Final Sale)

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by E.A. Séguy

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Artist Statement

Designer E.A. Séguy's book Papillons was commissioned by the American textile manufacturer F. Schumacher and Co. They wanted the nature-loving designer to create renderings of butterflies that would then be made into wallpaper, textiles, and other interior or fashion designs. Séguy referred to scientific illustrations as he composed 81 butterflies within 16 plates, as well as four additional plates of decorative patterns inspired by butterfly wings. 

All of Séguy's creations were made using the pochoir technique. Based on an ancient method, pochoir—French for "stencil"—uses stencils for color application. Each color in a design has its own stencil; layers of gouache are applied through each stencil using a brush or sponge. The resulting colors are richly intense, making a vivid print.



+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available

Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches to allow for framing.


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E.A. Séguy

Emile-Allain Séguy, professionally known as E.A. Séguy, was a French designer during the Art Deco and Art Nouveau movements of the 1920s. He primarily created patterns and textiles inspired by the natural world. Because of his particular fascination with insects, he has been confused with Eugene Séguy, a French entomologist active during the same time period. However, it is Emile-Allain who created the popular Papillons and Insectes books, filled with illustrations of vividly colored butterflies and insects made using the pochoir—French for “stencil”—technique.  
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