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Eugène Séguy (1890 – 1 June 1985); French entomologist / artist who specialized in Diptera. He held a chair of entomology at the Muséum national d'histoire naturelle in Paris from 1956-60.
E.A. Seguy was an artist and designer active in Paris during the first three decades of the 20th century. Very little is known about him, even his actual name and birth/death dates are in dispute. During my search for more information, I even stumbled across an odd theory that blames the confusion on the presence of not one but two E.A. Seguy’s living and working in Paris during this time period. Regardless of the mystery and speculation surrounding his life, what we do know about Seguy can be found in the design folios he left behind....
Séguy was a French entomologist who published many portfolios of illustrations and designs from the turn of the century to the 1930s who worked in both the Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles. He wanted to use his artistic skill to glorify the sublime beauty of nature, creating what he called a ‘world of sumptuous forms and colours.’ He then transformed these beautiful illustrations into textile designs.
Numerous artists and designers throughout history have drawn inspiration for their creations directly from the unparalleled diversity and beauty present in nature. E.A. Seguy was one such designer who was prolific from the turn of the century through the 1930’s. He produced 11 albums of illustrations and patterns of which Papillons and Insectes were dedicated to insect subjects. E.A. Seguy was a masterful decorative artist who spanned the art eras of Art Nouveau through Art Deco. His graphic technique was achieved through hand coloring prints through numerous plate stencils.