These beautiful art nouveau animal designs here are from the book “L’animal dans la Décoration” by Maurice Pillard Verneuil. The book was published in 1897.
Maurice Pillard Verneuil was a French artist and interior designer who was predominantly associated with the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movement. There is a collection of his art nouveau flower prints and designs on Pictureboxblue.
The collection here is the Maurice Pillard Verneuil designs and patterns inspired by the animal kingdom. These art nouveau prints celebrate the rich variety of designs in nature. They are heavily influenced by plant and animal forms such as birds, fish, insects, flowers, trees and other living creatures.
From studying these natural forms closely, Verneuil created a wonderful collection of colorful and striking decorative prints. These were primarily designed to be used by interior designs. The patterns and designs were to be used for wallpaper, textiles, ironwork, painted borders and friezes, like those of William Morris.
Maurice Pillard Verneuil
Verneuil was born in France in 1869. But after the first world war, he moved to Switzerland until his death in 1942. Before he became a well-known designer, he studied his craft with the Swiss designer Eugène Grasset.
Grasset was a Swiss designer who is considered a pioneer in Art Nouveau design. Art Nouveau design started in the 1890s and was most widely used in interior design, graphic arts, furniture, glass art, textiles, ceramics, jewellery and metalwork.
This artistic movement was superseded by Art Deco design in the 1920s. Verneuil also contributed greatly to this artistic mode later on in his career.
Verneuil was also inspired by Japanese art and nature, particularly the sea. He loved colorful bold geometric patterns which are a strong theme throughout his designs.
How To Download the Maurice Pillard Verneuil Prints
All the prints in this collection are in the Public Domain and you are free to print and use them how you wish. They can be found at New York Public Library and Rawpixel.
To download a design click on the title above the Art Nouveau animal designs you want. A higher resolution image will open as a new window in your browser. If you then click on that image with your mouse the menu option to save that image will to your device will appear.
These Art Nouveau animal designs can then either be printed at home, or you can upload the file to an online print shop. Unless you have a particularly great home printer, I recommend getting the prints done professionally. Online printing is very affordable, just make sure you choose a high-quality paper option for your prints.
These patterns are great designs for crafting, scrapbooking and decoupage.
The Art Nouveau Animal Designs
Fish and seaweed, rooster, spandrel; peacocks and vines; hares, dogs and brambles in border from design.
The art nouveau animal designs in this plate are, fish and seaweed, wallpaper; pigeon and poppies, stained glass border.
Art Nouveau animal design elements, snails, border, dragonfly and reeds, wallpaper and seagulls.
Butterflies are a very common theme in Art Nouveau designs.
Eagle and oak, macaws and corn, borders. Fish and birds, frieze.
Swans border. Butterflies and foliage, fabric. Deer and hinds, frieze from L’animal dans la Décoration (1897) illustrated by Maurice Pillard Verneuil.
Fishes, stencilled frieze. Cockatoos and lemons.
Sulphur crested cockatoos are one of my favourite animals and I will be adding this print to my collection of cockatoos.
An art nouveau animal design of jellyfish and seaweed, stained glass. Cicadas and lilies, peacocks and laburnum, borders.
Peacocks in rowan trees, stencil; fish and seaweed, border from L’ animal dans la Décoration (1897) illustrated by Maurice Pillard Verneuil.
Swifts and honeysuckle, border. Squirrels and hazel, wallpaper. Birds and hazelnut in bloom, border.
Crows, stenciled border; cicadas and thistles.
Kingfishers, dragonflies and flowerhead in umbrellas, borders; butterflies, fabric.
Eagles and oak, wallpaper. Antelopes, tigers, cacti and palm trees.
Birds and wisteria, wall hanging. Lizards and ivy, border.
Butterflies and poppies, translucent enamel night light. Peacocks, cloisonné enamel vase. Birds wall hanging. Capricorns, bottom game. Grasshoppers, border.
Dragonflies, flower bud, water lilies, panel. Fly birds and orchids, fabric. Birds border.
Animal art nouveau designs, cockatoo, border. Dogs, deer and wild boar, embossed and gilded leather.
Bats and poppies, wall hanging. Butterflies and bellflowers, wallpaper.
Cockatoos and magnolia, border. White mice.
Birds, background game. Snails and mushroom. Ladybugs fabric. Golden pheasant and iris, border.
Art nouveau design pattern of deer and trees, wallpaper. Squirrel birds and rowan, border.
Art nouveau animal design patterns of kingfishers and flowering rush, wallpaper. Horses and trees, border.
Doves and lilies, printed art nouveau fabric design.
Flying fish and waves, wallpaper. Cicadas and pine, wallpaper. Nautilus shells, border.
Clouds eagles and pigeons, wallpaper. Seashells and seaweed border.
Art nouveau animal designs of peacocks and poppies, border. Gurnard, seaweed and shells, cloisonné enamel dish.
Woodpeckers and tree, vertical border. Rabbits and leaves, border. Jellyfish, sea anemones and algae, mud. Insects, background.
An art nouveau animal design is described as, ordinary pheasants, foxgloves, ferns and dandelions for printed fabric. The border is a fox, birds and vine pattern.
If you enjoyed these gorgeous colourful art nouveau design prints don’t forget to check out the many other art and design collections on Pictureboxblue, including the Alphonse Mucha advertisement posters. Especially these Art Nouveau pochoir butterfly prints.
Verneuil was greatly influenced by Japanese art and design, so you might want to check out the Japanese vintage collection on Pictureboxblue.