Within Isabella’s collection are these off-view 12 pochoir or stencil watercolors by Martha Romme, an early twentieth century French couturier and artist. The watercolors replicate the French Republican Calendar, used by the French government for about 12 years from late 1793 to 1805. The calendar began at the autumnal equinox; each of the 12 months had 30 days. The months were renamed based on Paris’s nature and weather.
Combining France’s past and present in 12 works, Romme used the French Republican Calendar to create watercolors for the year 1919 using the newly repopularized pochoir technique. This color application process using stencils was rejuvenated by the French in the early 20th century.