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Art Deco: A Research Guide: Historical Publications

This guide will provide an overview to the time period and movement known as Art Deco.

The style we know today as Art Deco derives its name from the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes that was held in Paris, France. The Art & Architecture Collection has excellent holdings of primary resource materials from this historic time period which include pattern books, design manuals, and catalogues from the original Paris Exposition.

Primary source material from the Art Deco era includes: pattern books, plate books, periodicals and catalogues from exhibitions and shows. Illustrations from many of these publications were richly rendered in the pochoir technique. A form of printmaking, pochoir artists used a pain-staking hand-applied process involving gouache watercolor and stencil plates.

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