NK1530 f. B44

Variations; quatre vingt six motifs décoratifs en vingt planches (20th century)

These illustrations by Edouard Benedictus (French painter, writer, composer, and chemist) are done with the pochoir technique.  Pochoir became popular in the late 19th century and continued up until 1930.  The technique involves cutting stencils, applying color to the stencil, and then printing it on the desired surface.  All images are unique, as they are done by hand.  Benedicuts used a broad range of blues to contrast with the other colors.  His works are a good example of how blue can be used both boldly and subtly.