Idées 2, Plate 11

Georges Darcy French
Printed by A. Calavas French
Published by Librairie des Arts Décoratifs French

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Eleventh plate of the second album of a book containing two pochoir pattern albums bound together, titled "Idées 2" (Ideas 2), published ca. 1933 by the Librairie des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and designed by Georges Darcy. 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 three designs with semi-abstract floral motifs executed with shades of purple and green. The first design consists of a large rectangle, colored with black, with a large semi-abstract flower, left unrendered over the sand-colored paper and outlined with white, with some orange accents, over a semi-abstract pattern with scrolling motifs, rosettes, and semi-abstract flowers made up of circles and scales, colored with green and shades of purple. The second design is made up of alternating, overlapping, semi-abstract leaves, colored with white, green and purple, and outlined with strips of black semi-circles, and semi-abstract fruits, colored with white and ourlined with orange, over a white background with a pattern of triangles executed with shades of purple. The third design is made up of vertical undulating black lines, above which stand out orange scrolling motifs and large, stylized roses, left unrendered over the sand-colored paper and outlined with white, with pistils and leaves executed with shades of purple, over a peach-colored ground with green and purple rectangles.

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