The Art Nouveau Flowers of Maurice Pillard Verneuil
Maurice Pillard Verneuil was a French designer and artist. He was famed for his use of 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.
Art Nouveau Flowers
Art Nouveau is an international style of art, architecture and decorative arts. It was at its peak between the 1890s to 1910s and the forerunner to the Art Deco art movement.
Art Nouveau flower prints are a defining element of the art movement. As the art style has its main source of inspiration in natural form 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 a lot of 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. I think these prints would look lovely framed and hung on a gallery wall. The images would also be great for decoupage and decorative crafts.
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Verneuil’s Art Nouveau Flowers
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.
From the same book above, the next 2 Art Nouveau flower prints are based on the flowers of the squash plant (courge).
Water Lillies were also painted by another rather more famous French artist, Claude Monet (1840–1926) in a series of paintings.
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).
These flowers are painted in a classic Art Nouveau colour of a peacock blue.
Next, these Art Nouveau Cyclamen are a gorgeous muted dark dusky pink colour.
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, diarrhea, 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 disturbances 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.
This next flower illustration is of the common dandelion. The entire dandelion plant, including the leaves, stems, flowers, and roots, is both edible and nutritious.
The flower petals, along with other ingredients, usually including 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 husbands , who grew up in the UK, was the soft drink dandelion and burdock. It is one of the ingredients of root beer.
Apparently, the Victorian gentry considered dandelions a delicacy and used them in salads and sandwiches.
This next Art Nouveau flower print by Maurice Verneuil is of an Anemone flower.
The colours with this Art Nouveau botanical illustration are wonderful and subtle. I love the blue of the water and the white and pink of the flower.
This flower grows wild in abundance in the river banks around my home. I along with google incorrectly identified it as a thistle. However, I was still able to use it for a colourful decoration for my home.
Daffodils are often associated with the first signs of spring in the UK. They are also the national flowers of Wales.
Again another floral illustration in traditional muted colours of sage green, white and purple commonly associated with Art Nouveau prints.
If you liked these beautiful Art Nouveau flower prints then you should check out some of my other vintage flower illustrations.