The great French Art Nouveau and Art Deco designer, Maurice Pillard Verneuil (1869 –1942) was a student of the Swiss designer, Eugene Grasset.
He, like so many of the artists and designers of the period, was intrigued by Japanese design. Japan had been pretty much closed to the Western world until the late 19th century, and when travelers began to move between Western Europe and the East, Japanese design took design-conscious Europe by storm, and the influence was great.
Verneuil was a master of translating the forms of nature into designs for commercial use. We have used his magnificent “Etude de la Plante for a set of notecards and a portfolio of prints.
He was also a master of abstract design. This book, titled "Kaléidoscope: Ornements Abstraits" (Kaleidoscope: Abstract Ornaments) is indeed a kaleidoscopic collection of beautiful designs. We have used these in our “Kaleidoscope’ set of pocket notebooks.