From A. Garcelon, Inspirations, 80 Motifs en Couleur,
Pub. by Massin & Cie, France, 1920’s.
Adrien-Jacques Garcelon was a trained decorative painter and well-known for his wallpaper design, and ultimately a master of the Art Deco style. He along with Paul Follot, Henri Stephany and Edouard Benedictus were among the prominent French designers of the 1920s and 30s, producing bold and innovative pieces.
These prints from Garcelon’s portfolio are large, brightly colored modernist designs typical of the pattern books produced in Paris after World War I. Garcelon's work shows influences of past-war art; cubism, fauvism, and the beginning of Art Deco.
More on the pochoir technique: Pochoir (French for “stencil”) is a type of screen printing where the outlines of the design are produced first, then color is applied through a series of stencils. Pochoir was frequently used to create prints of intense color, and was at its height of popularity in France during the 1920’s, when they were used to create prints devoted to fashion, patterns, and architectural design, and most most often used for book illustration.