Description & Technical information

Part of a remarkable group of original watercolours by Jules Habert-Dys that are studies for seven of the thirty-two colour plates in his book Caprices Décoratifs: des Oiseaux, des Fleurs, des Paysages, des Algues et Poissons, published in 1901. As the scholars Gabriel and Yvonne Weisberg have noted, ‘Although the motifs in these watercolors are randomly placed on the surface of the paper, without any clear orientation to each other, or directions about how they were to be used by a ceramic decorator on specific pieces, the fact that these drawings served as a starting point for actual objects…can be incontestably supported.’ The influence of Japanese prints is evident in each of these works, which stand as masterpieces of the Art Nouveau style.

This series of watercolours of birds are in superb, fresh condition, having been kept in an album since they were commissioned from Habert-Dys by Henri Laurens, the publisher of Caprices Décoratifs. The birds depicted in these works include kingfishers, goldfinches and hummingbirds.

Provenance: Henri Laurens, Paris
Private collection.
Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints