France 1879 – 1962
Diatomée in Micrographie décorative
1931 Description: 20 photogravure plates
Collection Title: Micrographie décorative
Materials & Technique: photographs, illustrated books, photogravure in gold on white paper Photographically illustrated book with 20 photogravure plates in a variety of inks and papers, including silver and gold foil, tipped to a heavy stock with window over mats, with plain glassine guards. Heavy paper boards titled and decorated in silver, black and blind. Support: Spiral bound in the publisher's original four-point paper over boards portfolio.
Edition: 49/300 numbered copies
Publisher: Draeger Freres
Place Published: Paris
Date Published: 1931
The images that appear in Micrographie décorative were based on the slide-preparations prepared by Albin Guillot’s husband, a scientific researcher. She collaborated with him, photographing specimens, crystallisations, plant cells and animal organisms. The book is a tribute to him; he had died two years earlier in 1929. She was fascinated by how the microscope unexpectedly revealed the beauty of a world invisible to the naked eye. It was the design and, as the title suggests, decorative possibilities that were of greatest interest to her. With its love of pattern and use of luxurious materials, the book captures the art deco aesthetic of the time.
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