The artists who were active during the first decades of the 20th Century very much availed themselves of the inspiration offered by nature. Colourful flowers have been a favoured decorative element throughout the Art Nouveau period and became an established presence in the 1920’s. This was easily observable at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, which was held in Paris in 1925.
In this fine Aubusson tapestry we see a directional arrangement of tulips embellishing a contrasting background in teal and violet. The pattern and the background appear to coalesce, creating a statement about visual depth within the two-dimensionalframework of the tapestry medium.