Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs
This rhythmic pattern of meandering flames and smoke is one in a series of four woven fabrics, which together represent the four basic elements of nature: earth, water, air and the one depicted here, fire. The Four Elements were a popular theme throughout the history of decorative arts, as seen in this drawing from about 1815. This textile reveals another motif that may be less familiar: the salamander.
Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs, Art Deco, Yvonne Clarinval, Four Elements