Monday, November 3, 2014

Monday Inspiration…The Shape of It All

11314_bookscan1How great are these image pairings? I found this little book (only 6 x 8 inches) at a library the other day and had to scan in some of the pages to share. ¬†11314_bookscan211314_bookscan311314_bookscan611314_bookscan7What little writing there was, was in german-so I can’t tell you too much. The title was simply “Art Deco¬†with the subtitle translating to “get shape between two”.

 

That translation seems rough but it’s also charmingly simple. Maybe i’m hypersensitive to the idea of matching and pairing as I work on my next book – but I can’t help but love these clever comparisons of images.¬†

 

I love when something so unassuming turns out to be so impactful.

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  1. Fashion Snag

    November 3, 2014 at 2:20 pm

  2. sandyy

    November 3, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Love the statues next to bodies: it is very artistic, especially in black and white :)

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  3. Esha

    November 3, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    For anyone wondering, quick googling revealed this to be the book: http://www.amazon.de/Deco-Formen-zwischen-Kriegen-1920-1940/dp/3770107705

    and Max Le Verrier to be the creator of those sculptures:
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/532902568379649383/
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/532902568379649405/

  4. gaptoothedgirl

    November 3, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    I love this images, living sculptures!
    XOX, Gap.
    http://www.gaptoothedgirl.com

  5. From The World With love

    November 3, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Love this little book very Art Deco ,where can we find it??
    Xoxo
    Yael Guetta
    http://www.ftwwl.com

  6. Sjoukje

    November 3, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    It looks like a beautiful little book. Thanks for the inspiration. X
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  7. WOWS

    November 3, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Nice and relaxed & soft movement pairs.

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  8. Gian Luca M

    November 3, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    B&W vintage photography…charm and style… wonderful

    Gian Luca M

    http://invinumblog.com/

  9. Peppermint Dolly

    November 3, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Very insightful Mr – just goes to show, you should always have a look in the library!!

    Rxx

    http://www.peppermintdolly.wordpress.com

  10. Helen

    November 3, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    “I love when something so unassuming turns out to be so impactful”. SNAP! [Love posts when you show us what inspires YOU!]

  11. Love CompassionateLee

    November 3, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    A great life is always lived in motion!

  12. Manana Hossana Deux

    November 3, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Love those vintage black and white photos. Nudes are always fascinating and one of the harder subjects to photograph and get what you want, as I understand it.

  13. Liz

    November 3, 2014 at 3:23 pm

  14. nocalli

    November 3, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    I love “modernismo” (Art Nouveau in Spain). I invited you to visit Casa Lis, a museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco in Salamanca (Spain). Very beautiful and inspiring.

  15. JessieBerlin (formerly just Jessie)

    November 3, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Actually, the German title, “Formen zwischen zwei Kriegen 1920-1940″ means “Shapes Between Two Wars 1920-1940″. I’m an English-German translator – don’t hesitate to contact me next time you’re at a loss. German is a difficult language, much more complicated than English.

  16. Lenka

    November 3, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    As it is old and german and when I am looking at the shapes, kind of reminds me of Leni Riefenstahl¬īs films … you should check them out!

    • JessieBerlin (formerly just Jessie)

      November 4, 2014 at 3:11 am

      …except that she just happened to work for the Nazis and propagate the Nazi aesthetic – as opposed to the artists in this book, whose photos and sculputures were inspired by the “free dance” movement of the Roaring Twenties (see Mary Wigman, Isadora Duncan)! Not all things “old and German” are comparable or compatible ;)

  17. Niklas

    November 3, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    If you need a native speaking German (as I am) to help you with the translation, feel free to ask me! Would love to help you understand some of the content.

    Have a nice day Sir!

  18. Milex

    November 3, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    I want to be part of this.
    http://milexblog.blogspot.co.uk

  19. Charlotte not Gainsbourg

    November 4, 2014 at 2:26 am

    you really make it real….la bellezza ci salver√†

    lots of love and luck to all of us.
    La bellezza ci salverà
    Carlotta

    http://charlottenotgainsbourg.wordpress.com/

  20. Henning

    November 4, 2014 at 4:05 am

    Yeah, it’s obviously Art Deco, very inspiring. But come on, Mr. Schumann- You don’t really need to speak any german to understand what is written there ;-)

  21. Yolanda Margallo

    November 4, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Art Déco. Human and animal shapes. Inspiring. Thanks Scott to remind it us.

  22. Noelia

    November 5, 2014 at 5:47 am

    The second I saw this entry it struck me this was Art Dec√≥, no need to read it. I am by no means an expert (I wish!) but I distinctly remember when, some 15 years ago I visited this incredible Casa Lis (the Lis House) in Salamanca, Spain. Among many amazing Art Nouveau and Dec√≥ objects (like some Lalique perfume bottles), there were these beautiful figurines called Criselefantinas. The name refers to the fact that they are made of ivory and gold (from Greek “chrysos” = gold, and “elephantinos” = ivory) and they presented the same kind of dynamic posture, the same kind of movement that we can see here in the photographs that you have posted. The mental image of them has stayed with me all of this time, still it is funny how I hadn’t thought or talked about them for so many years, but a couple of weeks ago I found myself bringing them up in a conversation with a newly-graduated Arts student. And now again. Coincidence? Who knows… Anyway, thank you for posting them.

  23. Noelia

    November 5, 2014 at 5:57 am

    The second I saw this entry it struck me this was Art Dec√≥, no need to read it. I am by no means an expert (I wish!) but I distinctly remember when, some 15 years ago I visited this incredible Casa Lis (the Lis House) in Salamanca, Spain. Among many amazing Art Nouveau and Dec√≥ objects (like some Lalique perfume bottles), there were these beautiful figurines called Criselefantinas. The name refers to the fact that they are made of ivory and gold (from Greek “chrysos” = gold, and “elephantinos” = ivory) and they presented the same kind of dynamic posture, the same kind of movement that we can see here, in the photographs that you have posted. The mental image of them has stayed with me all of this time, still it is funny how I hadn’t thought or talked about them for so many years, but a couple of weeks ago I found myself bringing them up in a conversation with a newly-graduated Arts student. And now again. Coincidence? Who knows… Anyway, thank you for posting them.

  24. Melissa

    November 5, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Yay! So glad you are among the library-goers of the world. <3

  25. troy

    November 20, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    this is Weimar Culture!!!!!!! Read this: Voluptuous Panic: The Erotic World of Weimar Berlin to see even better images. For a scholarly perspective: Weimar Culture: The Outsider as Insider by Peter Gay. These books DO NOT DISSAPOINT.

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