Studio d'Arts Décoratifs..., Pl. 4, Sept motifs, dont le principal doit être vu en largeur, étant composé avec des Oiseaux perchés

Designed by Nicolas Sorokine French
Published by Armand Guérinet French
Published by Librairie d'Architecture et d'Art Décoratif French

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Fourth plate of pochoir pattern book, titled "Studio d'arts décoratifs" (2nd copy), with Art Deco textile designs created by Nicolas Sorokine and published in Paris by Armand Guérinet, probably in the second half of the 1920s or the early 1930s. The book consists of a title page with index and 16 plates numbered 1-16, each with numerous designs, bound with dark blue linen boards. The designs contain a variety of geometric motifs, birds and flowers, all typical of the Art Deco style, which was characterized by its eclecticism, drawing from a variety of sources that sought to combine old European design traditions with the modern style diffused by avant-garde art, while also reflecting the romantic fascination with early Egyptian and Meso-American "exotic" cultures promoted by archaeological discoveries of the times.

This plate presents seven design motifs, six with geometric patterns and a larger one with abstract birds and stylized leaves. The geometric patterns consist of polka dots of different sizes, overlapping squares and rectangles, some of them rendered with horizontal and vertical light strokes, and squared and circular motifs, executed with color combinations that mix shades of green, blue and red, pastel shades of blue and purple, and olive green and blue on light gray or cream grounds. One of them consists of a seamless pattern of lozenges formed with dark blue polka dots and overlapping squares over a dark green ground. The large motif with the abstract pattern presents an abstract jungle, with overlapping scales possibly representing foliage, colored with rapid strokes in shades of gray and white, and tree trunks, in front of which the perched birds stand on a horizontal branch, all executed with the same technique. Below the birds is a row of stylized semi-abstract leaves colored with strokes of shades of green over a brown ground, and to its right, in the center of the design, is a large egg-shaped motif colored with undulating strips of yellow, gray and aquamarine rectangles, around which group a number of abstract square gray faces, possibly of indigenous peoples or exotic primates, with round headdresses executed with pink, dark blue and turquoise.

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