Plauen: Christian Stoll, circa 1915. Single pochoir plate of a geometric airbrush design, measuring 9.5 x 7.25 inches. Tipped to black paper mount with publisher’s label mounted to upper right corner. Archivally matted to 14 x 11 inches.
Vibrant Art Deco ornamental design, Plate 1 from Volume XV of Kunstgewerbliche Schmuckformen für die Fläche. Christian Stoll’s influential pattern book series was an important source for graphic design in central Europe from the height of the Art Nouveau movement to the early days of Art Deco. Modernist surface designs like this one reflected the avant-garde painting styles of the early twentieth century, including Cubism, abstraction, and distortion. The geometric shapes and vivid colors were elements of a new style of ornamentation that found expression in architecture and the applied arts. An exemplary Art Deco design from a major pattern book.