Portfolio with a collection of twenty pochoir pattern plates, titled "Insectes: vingt planches en phototypie coloriées au patron donnant quatre-vingts insectes et seize compositions décoratives" (Insects: twenty plates with colored phototypes with patterns with eighty insects and sixteen decorative compositions), created by Émile-Allain Séguy and published in Paris by Tolmer Éditeur, probably in the 1920s. The collection contains a title page, one page of text, one page with the contents of the portfolio, listing the insects featured in the illustrations, and 20 illustrated plates: the first 16 plates of the collection are made up of five illustrations of different insects; the last four contain abstract decorative patterns inspired on their natural beauty, revealing a successful combination of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles. Executed in bold colors, the illustrations created by Séguy feature remarkably detailed depictions of insects, revealing his unique interest in the scientific study of insects as a source of inspiration for artistic creation. The use of pochoir as a printing technique, popular in France at the turn of the 20th century, was ideal for capturing the natural colors of butterflies. The illustrations of insects in this collection, as well as the abstract patterns featured at the end, were likely meant to inspire designs for textiles and wallpapers.
Insects: twenty plates with colored phototypes with patterns with eighty insects and sixteen decorative compositions
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 13, 2009–July 12, 2009.