Size: 8.75 x 6.5 inches
Artist: Klinger, Julius + Anker, Hans
About The Poster: I fell in love with Julius Klinger when I first found a portfolio of his works at auction in New York a few years ago. His purity of design is unequaled, and his outlook on life, posters, and poster design is something that I relate(d) to instantly.
La Ligne Grotesque is one of two design portfolios created by Klinger and his partner Hans Anker. Printed in Paris by the Library de L'Art Ancient et Moderne and clearly inspired by Klinger's fascination with Aubrey Beardsley, books like this one, lavishly illustrated and vividly coloured, were popular in France, Italy, Belgium and Switzerland in the early 20th century. Intended to inspire interior decorators and designers, 64 pages of patterns included ideas for clothing, room design, carpets, wallpaper and book covers. The book also comes with a small mirror that can be folded to reflect the borders and designs so as to present the viewer with a better sense of how the patterns will look when used in an interior. Genius!
A full portfolio, plates in excellent condition, cover slightly frayed. A rare find from a private collection.
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