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This rare and remarkable pochoir illustration is from Emile Alain Seguy’s Insectes. The folio plates were published in Paris in 1928 by Editions Duchartre et Van Buggenhoudt.
The plates are beautifully composed and feature bold colors. The artist, Seguy, himself describes them as repertoire of forms and of colors of a sumptuous richness and a surprising variety. He wanted to record exotic specimens with a highly aesthetic appeal to inspire designers. His style was greatly influenced by the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements. Seguy illustrated specimens from museums and private collections but presented them at 10 to 15 times magnification. In this way, he made stunning folio plates that revealed accurate intricacies of the specimens in a wonderful artistic and colorful display.
The work illustrated several different kinds of insects including bees, wasps, cicadas, locusts, plant hoppers, grasshoppers, dragonflies, damselflies, and beetles such as scarabs and longhorn beetles. The insects were from specimens from all over the world including Africa, Australia, South America, Borneo, New Guinea, and Southeast Asia.