Inside: A collection of stunnig art nouveau pochoir prints of insects by the French artist E. A. Seguy.
E. A. Seguy was a French artist and designer who gained widespread recognition for his striking insect pochoir prints. Seguy was born in Limoges, France, in 1877 and began his career as a wallpaper designer.
He quickly developed a reputation for his innovative use of colour and pattern, and his art nouveau designs were highly sought after by the leading textile manufacturers of the day.
About Seguy’s Pochoir Insect Prints
Seguy’s interest in natural history and entomology led him to create insect-themed designs that would become his most famous work.
These prints were made using a pochoir technique that involved stencilling and hand colouring. The resulting images were highly detailed, with richly saturated colours and intricate patterns, creating a sense of vibrancy and energy.
Seguy’s art nouveau style insect prints were a departure from the more traditional floral and geometric designs that were popular at the time.
They were highly stylized and abstracted, with a strong emphasis on form and pattern. Seguy drew inspiration from various sources, including Japanese art and the Art Nouveau movement.
One of Seguy’s most famous works is his “Papillons” series, which features a range of butterfly and moth designs. The prints are highly detailed, with intricate wing patterns and delicate antennae. The colours range from bold and vibrant to soft and muted, creating a dynamic and visually striking effect.
Seguy’s other insect pochoir prints include the designs featured here of beetles, dragonflies, and other winged insects. Like his butterfly designs, these prints are highly stylized, with abstracted forms and bold graphic patterns.
Seguy’s insect pochoir prints were highly influential in the design world, and they continue to be celebrated for their beauty and innovation. His work has been featured in various exhibitions and publications, and his prints are highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts.
How To Download The Art Nouveau Insects Prints
Click on the title above the insect print you want to download. A high-resolution illustration will open in a new window, where you can save or print it. Seguy’s pochoir insect prints are in the Public Domain and thus copyright-free.
The images are from the collection at North Carolina State Library.
Insect Plates 1-8
The illustrations are of actual insects species and each one is labled.
The key to the cicadas on this print is below.
- Tacua speciosa. Indes
- Polyneura ducalis. Indes Or
- Cicada saccata. Australie
- Cicada fascialis. Siam
- Tozena melanoptera. Indes Or.
- Goeana festiva. Indes
- Zammara tympanum. Amérique du Sud
- Goeana ochracea. Indes
- Phenax variegata. Brési
- Hemisciera maculipennis. Amazone
Insect Plate 3: Long Horn Beetles
- Batocera Hector. Java
- Callichroma suturalis. Guyane
- Steirastoma lacerta. Brésil
- Rosalia alpina. Europe;
- Batocera Wallacei. Nouvelle Guinée
Art nouveau insects – beetles.
- Sternotomis Imperialis. Guinée
- Sternotomis cornutus. Madagascar
- Callipogon Lemoinei. Perou
- Palimna annulata. Cochinchine
- Sternodonta pulchra. Sénégal
- Scolia procer. Asie Tropicale
- Eulema dimidiata. Brésil
- Stilbum splendidum. Cosmpolite
- Bombus lapidarius incertus. Arménie
- Xylocopa tenuiscapa. Asie Tropicale
- Pepsis limbata. Amérique du Sud
- Chlorion lobatum. Asie Tropicale
- Vespa crabro. Europe
- Monedula chilensis. Chili
- Pepsis errans. Amérique du Sud
- Pamphagus elephas. Algérie
- Tropidacris dux. Amérique du Sud
- Cyrtacantacris tartarica. Asie
- Aularches miliaris. Asie
- Phymateus saxosus. Madagascar
- Horaeocerus nigricornis. Madagascar
- Acrida miniata. Algérie
- Aularches miliaris. Asie
- Phymateus Brunneri. Afrique Tropicale
- Acanthodis imperialis. Asie
Insect Plates 9-16
Art Nouveau Plate 9: Damsefly, dragonflies
- Nemopistha imperatrix. Afrique Oc.
- Tomatares citrinus. Afrique Austral
- Neurolasis chinesis. Asie;
- Aeschna Cyanéa. Europe
- Mnais earnshawi. Indochine
Insects Plate 10: More Damseflies
- Calopterix. Australie
- Diphlebia nymphoides. Australie
- Palpares imperator. Madagasca
- Calopterix. Asie
- Nemoptera sinuata. Région Méditerran.
- Amaurodes Passerinii. Mozambique
- Inca clathratus. Pérou
- Histrionica euchroea. Madagascar
- Cerathorhina derbyana. Mozambique.
- Goliathus giganteus. Cameroun
- Rhabdotis sobrins. Nubie
- Gnathocera varians. Sénégal;
- Coelorhina guttata. Guinée
- Euchrea celestis. Madagascar
- Gymnetis Touchardii. Vénézuela
Insect Plate 13: Metalic Beetles
- Catoxantha gratiosa. Indo-Chine
- Catoxantha opulenta. Malacca
- Lampropepla Rothschildii. Madagascar
- Polyphylla Petiti. Mexique
- Lyoreus Alluaudi. Madagascar
- Entymus imperialis. Brésil
- Curculionide. Caracas;
- Entymus splendidus. Brésil
- Curculionide. Brésil
- Entymus. Brésil
- Phaneus conspicillatus. Brésil
- Phanoeus imperator. Argentine
- Cyclommatus tarandus. Bornéo
- Pachilis gigas. Mexique
- Phanoeus ensifer. Guyane
- Lycorna imperialis. Silhet
- Hotinus maculatus. Indes
- Hotinus gemmatus. Indes
- Hotinus Delesserti. Indes Or.
- Hotinus candellarius. Chine
Art Nouveau Patterns of Insects
At the end of the book there were four extra plates where Seguy had created repeated art nouveou patterns of insects.
Colouful repeating patterns of beatles, butterflies and bees.
Vibrant patterns of dragonflies, moths and beatles.
Other Artists Like Seguy
Seguy’s intricate insect prints, with their elaborate designs and shapes, share many similarities with influential Art Nouveau artists such as Alphonse Mucha and Gustav Klimt.
One artist similar to Seguy in their focus on the natural world is Ernst Haeckel. Like Seguy, Haeckel was fascinated by the intricate patterns and shapes in the natural world. He created stunningly detailed illustrations of jellyfish, other sea creatures, plants, and other organisms.
Maurice Verneuil was another vital designer in the Art Nouveau movement that made significant contributions to the world of decorative arts and design.
Another artist to check out is William Morris. Morris was an English textile designer and artist who was a leading figure in the Arts and Crafts movement. He created highly detailed and intricate designs for fabrics, wallpapers, and other decorative arts, often incorporating botanical or naturalistic motifs.
You’ll find more examples of pochoir prints with these art nouveau Christmas prints.
Other natural history prints to check out are Joris Hoefnagel’s insect art and the insect posters of Adolphe Millot.
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Thursday 23rd of March 2023
I never thought bugs could be beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Susie, in Port Huron, Michigan
Friday 24th of March 2023
Thank you, they are beautiful