Commesse’s Butterfly

This work of art represents France.

The first-ever figurative mosaiculture piece is credited to one Mr. Commesse, a gardener from Passy, who presented it at the Paris World Fair in 1878.

A butterfly comprising 3,000 plants was installed before the Trocadéro, where it delighted the exhibition’s thousands of visitors. It was awarded a silver medal.

Commesse’s Butterfly has been reproduced for Mosaiculture International from Mr. Commesse’s original drawing, which resembles a paint-by-numbers canvas wherein each plant used is assigned a number. His drawing had appeared in 1878 in the publication La Revue horticole of France.

Many of the plants used in the original work are no longer available on the market today. The Mosaics International Expo  team substituted them with plants possessing similar characteristics.

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The first-ever figurative mosaiculture piece is credited to Mr. Commesse, a gardener from Passy, who presented it at the Paris World Fair in 1878. Photo: © ProvinceQuebec.com

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Commesse’s Butterfly has been reproduced for Mosaiculture International from Mr. Commesse’s original drawing. Photo: © Lucie Dumalo

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