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April 28, 2012 by KIM COOK @ Timesleader

“The vibrancy of the colors of 1920s fabrics surprised me — I was amazed at the intensity,” Eiseman said in an interview. During that decade of exuberance and experimentation, Art Deco featured black and white, the seductive Jazz Age berry and grape hues and the gold, henna and Nile blue that came in vogue after the discovery of King Tut’s tomb ignited a craze for Egypt.

During the Depression, films offered escapist glamour; French designers such as Chanel and Lanvin dressed the stars in luxurious fabrics, furs and jewels, so colors such as pearl, ebony and copper were the rage.

But there was also the Parks and Recreation movement, spearheaded by President Roosevelt. Artists created posters, sculpture and other works to help promote new parks and public buildings. It’s Eiseman’s favorite decade.

“Ultimately the careers of many impoverished artists, Rothko and Pollock among them, were literally nourished during that period,” she said.

The palette? Naturalistic tones such as olive, amber and azure […]


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