Georges Valmier

Georges Valmier was born in Angoulême, France in 1885 and attended the École de Beaux-Arts in Paris. Like many artists in Paris at the time, the 1907 Cézanne retrospective at the Salon d’Automne, had a profound impact on his work and up to the first world war Valmier explored a cubist style. After the war Valmier alternated between cubism and abstraction, exhibiting with the leading exponents of both, as well as designing stage sets and costumes. In 1918 Valmier was signed up by the influential art dealer and collector, Léonce Rosenberg, with whom he continued to show regularly until his death in 1937.

The album, Collections Décors et Couleurs, Album No. 1, was published in Paris in 1929 by Albert Levy and printed by Jean Saudé, who was considered the leading exponent of pochoir. He published one of the most significant texts about the technique, Traité d’enluminure d’art au pochoir in 1925.

Pochoir was a stenciling technique that was very popular in Paris at the beginning of the C20th, where there were over thirty studios specialising in the process. The stencils were cut out of a thin zinc or copper; each colour had a separate stencil and was painted by hand in gouache. The use of gouache resulted in vibrant colours and suited Valmiers ambitious publication, Décors et Couleurs, which became a recognised source of inspiration for many abstract painters.