Maurice Pillard VERNEUILEugene GRASSET, Pl.58 Thistle [Chardon] Die Distel (Leaf 62 recto) Enlarge 1 /1

Maurice Pillard VERNEUIL

France 1869 – 1942

  • Switzerland

Eugene GRASSET

Switzerland 1845 – France 1917

artistic director

  • France

Pl.58 Thistle [Chardon] Die Distel (Leaf 62 recto) 1896 Description: from La Plante et ses applications ornementales [The Plant and its ornamental applications]
Materials & Technique: prints, pochoir, lithography on paper

Primary Insc: Signed on stone, in image, l.r., "M.P. Verneuil" Not dated. Numbered, u.r., on stone, "Pl.58". Titled, below image, on stone, "Thistle Chardon Die Distel"
Dimensions: comp 38.2 h x 27.0 w cm sheet 46.0 h x 33.2 w cm
Acknowledgement: Julian Robinson Collection, purchased 1976
Accession No: NGA 76.1056.60.58
Subject: Collection: The Julian Robinson collection of fashion, costume, textiles, illustrated periodicals and printed ephemera, acquired 1976.

This is one of 144 illustrations in a portfolio, produced under the direction of Eugéne Grasset, teacher, artist and pioneer of Art Nouveau. This delicately drawn plant is followed by two illustrations of it interpreted into an array of decorative designs and motifs. The book includes examples of how these ornamental interpretations could be applied to decorative objects such as fabrics, ceramics, wallpapers, furniture and metalwork. The publication was intended as an example of how artists and crafts practitioners could borrow directly from nature.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design