Inside: A collection of free to print and download copyright free Art Nouveau Flowers of Maurice Pillard Verneuil.
Maurice Pillard Verneuil was a French designer and artist. He was famed for using bold, floral designs in ceramic tiles, wallpapers and other furnishing textiles.
His flower designs and prints were very much part of the Art Nouveau movement in art. He also had a collection of Animal Art Nouveau designs.
Art Nouveau Flowers
Art Nouveau is an international style of art, architecture and decorative arts. It was at its peak between the 1890s and 1910s and was the forerunner to the Art Deco art movement.
The prints were influenced by nature, like the William Morris designs which preceded them.
Art Nouveau flower prints are a defining element of the art movement. The art style is primarily inspired by natural forms and structures, particularly the wavy lines of plants and flowers. Other popular characteristics of Art Nouveau were a sense of dynamism and movement, often given by asymmetry and by curving lines.
The colours of Art Nouveau flowers are delicate with many pastel shades, especially white, blues, lilacs, brown, mustard, olive and sage green. Flowers are wavy, too, with markedly curvy lines and stems turned into tendrils.
The following is a beautiful collection of some of the Art Nouveau flower designs and prints of Maurice Verneuil. These prints would look lovely framed and hung on a gallery wall. The images would also be great for decoupage and decorative crafts.
To download a higher-resolution image, click on the title above the print you want. The file should automatically download to your computer, where you will be able to save and print the file.
Verneuil’s Art Nouveau Flowers
1. Art Nouveau Iris’s Print 1
Iris’s were a popular Art Nouveau flower. The first print is of Verneuil’s botanical drawing of the Iris. The second print is the decorative Art Nouveau floral patterns created with this flower.
The flower prints are from the book “La Plante et ses applications ornementales sous la direction de M. Eugène Grasset” 1896.
2. Art Nouveau Iris Pattern
The style reminds me very much of Liberty of London prints and the wallpapers of William Morris.
3. Botanical Courge (Squash) Flowers
From the same book above, the following two prints are based on the flowers of the squash plant (courge).
4. Art Nouveau Flower Art – Courge (squash)
5. Water Lilly Art Nouveau Print
Water Lillies were also painted by another rather more famous French artist, Claude Monet (1840–1926), in a series of paintings.
6. Water Lilly Flower Pattern
This Art Nouveau flower print of the Water Lilly is painted with the classic muted colours of the art movement. Colours such as muted greens, white, mustard and pale peacock blues.
Illustrations from “Etude de la plante : son application aux industries d’art”
The following flower illustrations by Maurice Verneuil are from his book “Etude de la plante: son application aux industries d’art” (Study of the plant: its application to the art industries).
7. Aquilegia Columbine Flower
These flowers are painted in a classic Art Nouveau colour of a peacock blue.
8. Cyclamen Flower Illustration
Next, these Art Nouveau Cyclamen are a gorgeous muted dark dusky pink colour.
9. Purple Foxglove Flower Illustration
Foxgloves (digitalis) are beautiful but toxic flowers. The whole foxglove plant is poisonous (including the roots and seeds). Fatalities from digesting the flowers are rare, but there have been reported cases.
Early symptoms of foxglove poisoning include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, hallucinations and severe headache. Depending on the severity of the toxicosis, the victim may later suffer irregular and slow pulse, tremors, various cerebral disturbances, especially of a visual nature, convulsions, and deadly disorders of the heart.
It is believed that Vincent van Gogh‘s “Yellow Period” may have been influenced by digitalis therapy which, at the time, was thought to control seizures.
10. Dandelion Art Nouveau Flower Illustration
The following flower illustration is of the common dandelion. The entire dandelion plant is edible and nutritious, including leaves, stems, flowers, and roots.
The flower petals and other ingredients, usually citrus, are used to make dandelion wine. Its ground, roasted roots can be used as a caffeine-free coffee alternative. Also, a favourite drink of my husband, who grew up in the UK, was the soft drink dandelion and burdock. It is one of the ingredients of root beer.
The Victorian gentry considered dandelions a delicacy and used them in salads and sandwiches.
11. Anémone Flower Illustration
12. White Water Lilly Flower Illustration
The colours of this Art Nouveau botanical illustration are wonderful and subtle. I love the blue of the water and the white and pink of the flower.
13. Art Nouveau Flower Illustration Wild Teasel
This flower grows wild in abundance on the river banks around my home. I, along with google, incorrectly identified it as a thistle. However, I could still use it for a colourful decoration for my home.
14. Daffodil Yellow Narcissus Flower Illustration
Daffodils are often associated with the first signs of spring in the UK. They are also the national flowers of Wales.
15. Verneuil Illustration of a Sagittaria Aquarium Plant
Again another floral illustration in traditional muted colours of sage green, white and purple commonly associated with Art Nouveau prints.
For more gorgeous prints, check out the vintage wild flower illustrations of Harriet Isabel Adams, which are painted in the Arts & Crafts style which proceeded Art Nouveau.
See these Alphonse Mucha advertisement posters if you want to check out some more art nouveau prints. Grasset was a contemporary of Verneuil and created similar floral ornament prints, one of which is in the Lily of the Valley illustrations.
You will find another one of the art nouveau flower prints on the collection of vintage lily illustrations and drawings.
Verneuil was greatly influenced by Japanese art and design you can check out all the vintage Japanese prints on Pictureboxblue here.
The Welsh-born British Architect Owen Jones, also believed that nature forms play an important role in architectural ornament and pattern and described them in his book The Grammar of Ornament. Another founder of the Art Nouveau movement was Christopher Dresser.
If you liked these beautiful Art Nouveau flower prints, you should check out some of my other vintage flower illustrations—particularly the vintage floral patterns for textiles. There is an art nouveau Cherry blossom print here too. And the art nouveau insects of E.A. Seguy.
Tuesday 5th of July 2022
Preciosas imágenes que nos recuerdan la época en que los artistas ponían toda su atención y habilidad en sus trabajos
Wednesday 6th of July 2022
Thank you so much.
Sunday 2nd of August 2020
Exquisite! Thank you so very much Claire!!
Tuesday 4th of August 2020
Thank you, glad you liked them.
Sunday 12th of July 2020
This is probably a silly question but when you say we can print It can it be printed at I.e Walmart or is this just to print off a regular computer printer?
Tuesday 14th of July 2020
If you download the file you can then get Walmart to print them for you. The prints are in the Public Domain so not copyrighted so can be printed.
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Thursday 6th of February 2020
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Wednesday 15th of January 2020
These are exquisite- thankyou. Im trying to download but it just takes me to a new page to view the print.
Thursday 16th of January 2020
Thank you. Then all you need to do is save the picture to your hard drive and it is then downloaded.