Nasturiums by Maurice Pillard Verneuil, late 19th century, France
Maurice Pillard Verneuil (1869–1942)
Daughter Vivianne was born in 1910.
Verneuil was born in Saint-Quentin dans l'Aisne in northern France. In Paris he studied at L'École Guérin under Art Nouveau graphic artist Eugène Grasse. Verneuil and Alphonse Mucha developed Grasse's ideas and imagery into the 20th century.
Floral repeats from Verneuil's pattern books
Design for Stencil, 1910
We know Verneuil mainly because of his many pattern books published between 1896 and 1927.
Animals in Design was published in 1897
Kaleidoscope: Abstract Ornament
was published in 1926...
Influenced by the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs.
A repeat pattern from Kaleidoscope
(Very Charles Rennie Mackintosh)
Verneuil's designs were republished in the late-20th-century revival of interest in Art Nouveau.
Verneuil did not actually design textiles that went into production but his design books influenced many artists who did produce wallpapers and fabrics.
With Alphonse Mucha and Georges Auriol he published a 1910 book on design repeat called Combinaisons ornementales or Ornamental Combinations Multiplied to Infinity with a Mirror.
Read Combinaisons Ornementales at the Internet Archive here:
The New York Public Library has many Vernueil plates in their online collection:
See more here in French:
You can buy a scarf derived from Verneuil's designs at the Metropolitan Museum Gift Shop:
A list in French of Verneuil's pattern books: