Idées 1, Plate 2
Maurice-Jacques-Yvan Camus French
Printed by A. Calavas French
Published by Librairie des Arts Décoratifs French
Not on view
Second plate of the first album of a book containing two pochoir pattern albums bound together, titled "Idées 1" (Ideas 1), published ca. 1933 by the Librairie des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and designed by Jacques Camus. The album is composed of one title page and 12 plates, numbered 1-12; the book is bound with blue library binding, with the title printed in gold on paper mounted on the front cover. The designs in the albums are possibly for Art Deco textiles and 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.
The plate contains four designs executed with purple tones. The first design, positioned horizontally on the upper part of the sheet, and possibly for a border or ribbon, is made up of alternating undulating gray lines and white dots, framed by two horizontal strips of purple squares, over a lilac ground. The second design, presented in an oval shape on the upper-middle of the sheet, is made up of a large bundle of stylized wheat ears, colored with yellow, brown and gray, tied together by a tan ribbon with red borders, in front of a semi-abstract landscape, executed with yellow, white, purple and shades of gray, where a human bust figure can be distinguished. The third design is made up of alternating vertical strips of black shuttle motifs with stylized purple tulips, separated by undulating, intermittent purple lines, over a light purple ground with white undulating highlights between the dashed lines. The fourth design is made up of semi-abstract dancing figures, colored with purplish-gray, and wearing semi-abstract dresses made up of purple dots and large headpieces also colored with purple, surrounded by a large wreath made up of gray dots, over a white background with semi-abstract roses outlined with gray.