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Charles Martin
La Musique
Pochoir
"Music" is a hand-coloured, plate-signed pochoir, Plate XII, from the 1913 Modes et Manieres d'Aujourd'hui, which was published from 1912 to 1922 and has been described by Guiliano Ercoli in "Art Deco Prints" (Rizzoli 1989) as "the most luxurious of all (the Parisian fashion publications)". The applied gouache paint is dramatic, saturated and brilliant. This pochoir demonstrates the Art Deco period's enthusiastic embrace of lively vibrant colour, a radical and refreshing departure from the tepid taupes of an earlier period. Pochoirs such as this had considerable influence in winning people over to the frank and uncluttered concept of interior design. Limited to only 300 copies, the "M&M" audience was the very wealthy. Each annual issue featured text of poetry, fashion and entertainment, illustrated in a series of 12 pochoirs. Each edition was devoted exclusively to one artist. On japan paper, approx. H. 10.875in X W. 7.0in; H. 27.6cm X W. 17.8cm
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