1920-1930 Decade Custom Color Palettes

I have created a series of open source 1920's-1930's custom color palette swatches to use in the Adobe Creative Suites. They are inspired by the important movements of the decades of the  1920's and 1930's and the Pantone color series books. The image below is a sample of the swatch series displayed next one of my original prints, and the free download .zip file of these swatches. I want to share these swatch palettes with you in the hopes of you sharing what you create with me. Also included in this post are a few source images of inspiration by key artists and movements of these decades, such as The Bauhaus, Art Deco and the 1939 World's Fair. 

This original print,  The Ornament of Art Deco , is available   HERE   in my Society6 shop

This original print, The Ornament of Art Deco, is available HERE in my Society6 shop

This set of custom color swatches was inspired by the book  Pantone: The 20th Century in Color.  The authors of this book do a beautiful and concise job of colorizing important movements of the decades past.  Free 1920-30 swatch .zip download    HERE

This set of custom color swatches was inspired by the book Pantone: The 20th Century in Color. The authors of this book do a beautiful and concise job of colorizing important movements of the decades past.

Free 1920-30 swatch .zip download HERE

Art Deco and the Chrysler Building (1931 Manhattan, NY): Art Deco is style of visual arts, architecture and design that first appeared in France just before World War I. During its heyday, Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress. Art Deco influenced the design of buildings, furniture, jewelry, fashion, cars, movie theaters, trains, ocean liners, and everyday objects such as radios and vacuum cleaners.

Art Deco and the Chrysler Building (1931 Manhattan, NY): Art Deco is style of visual arts, architecture and design that first appeared in France just before World War I. During its heyday, Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress. Art Deco influenced the design of buildings, furniture, jewelry, fashion, cars, movie theaters, trains, ocean liners, and everyday objects such as radios and vacuum cleaners.

Art Deco Jewelry: ring designed circa 1930's by Jean Després. Despres  was a French jewelry maker and designer best known for his intricate Art Deco jewelry made from semi-precious stones, machine parts, and enamel. His jewelry is the perfect mix of the luxury and machinery aesthetic. 

Art Deco Jewelry: ring designed circa 1930's by Jean Després. Despres was a French jewelry maker and designer best known for his intricate Art Deco jewelry made from semi-precious stones, machine parts, and enamel. His jewelry is the perfect mix of the luxury and machinery aesthetic. 

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Film Stills from the movie  Metropolis :   Metropolis is a 1927 German expressionist science-fiction drama film directed by Fritz Lang and set in a futuristic urban dystopia.

Film Stills from the movie Metropolis: Metropolis is a 1927 German expressionist science-fiction drama film directed by Fritz Lang and set in a futuristic urban dystopia.

Howard Carter and  Tutmania : Howard Carter  (9 May 1874 – 2 March 1939) was aBritish archaeologist and Egyptologist who became world-famous after discovering the intact tomb of the 18th Dynasty Pharaoh, Tutankhamun (known as "King Tut"), in November 1922. This sparked  Tutmania,  an international  cultural phenomenon for all things ancient Egyptian.

Howard Carter and Tutmania: Howard Carter  (9 May 1874 – 2 March 1939) was aBritish archaeologist and Egyptologist who became world-famous after discovering the intact tomb of the 18th Dynasty Pharaoh, Tutankhamun (known as "King Tut"), in November 1922. This sparked Tutmania, an international  cultural phenomenon for all things ancient Egyptian.

Peter Keler, Bauhaus Cradle, 1922.

Peter Keler, Bauhaus Cradle, 1922.

Eugen Batz, Exercise for color-theory course taught by Vasily Kandinsky.

Eugen Batz, Exercise for color-theory course taught by Vasily Kandinsky.

Walter Gropius,  Fagus Factory 1913   Bauhaus:   The Bauhaus was a German art school operational from 1919 to 1933 that combined crafts and the fine arts, and was famous for the approach to design that it publicized and taught.

Walter Gropius,  Fagus Factory 1913

Bauhaus:  The Bauhaus was a German art school operational from 1919 to 1933 that combined crafts and the fine arts, and was famous for the approach to design that it publicized and taught.

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Bakelite : Bakelite  was the first plastic made from synthetic components. It is a thermosetting phenol formaldehyde resin, formed from a condensation reaction of phenol with formaldehyde. It was developed by the Belgian-American chemist Leo Baekelandin Yonkers, New York, in 1907. This colorful plastic was a new, exciting, and more importantly, a less expensive material for the growing industrial age. 

Bakelite: Bakelite  was the first plastic made from synthetic components. It is a thermosetting phenol formaldehyde resin, formed from a condensation reaction of phenol with formaldehyde. It was developed by the Belgian-American chemist Leo Baekelandin Yonkers, New York, in 1907. This colorful plastic was a new, exciting, and more importantly, a less expensive material for the growing industrial age. 

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The Trylon and Perisphere at the 1939 New York World's Fair, designed by the firm of Harrison & Foulihoux

The Trylon and Perisphere at the 1939 New York World's Fair, designed by the firm of Harrison & Foulihoux

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The 1939 New York World's Fair was the first exposition to be based on the future, with an opening slogan of "Dawn of a New Day", and it allowed all visitors to take a look at "the world of tomorrow." Designed with the purpose to lift New York out of the Great Depression, ultimately failing being the second most expensive American world's fair of all time, however it was a most spectacular affair. 

The 1939 New York World's Fair was the first exposition to be based on the future, with an opening slogan of "Dawn of a New Day", and it allowed all visitors to take a look at "the world of tomorrow." Designed with the purpose to lift New York out of the Great Depression, ultimately failing being the second most expensive American world's fair of all time, however it was a most spectacular affair. 

Early 20th Century Color Palettes

I created a series of early 20th century color palette swatches to use in the Adobe Creative Suites. They are inspired by the important movements of the early 1900's and the Pantone color series books. Below is a sample of the swatch series on one of my original prints, and the free download .zip file of these swatches. I would like to share these free swatch palettes I created with you for your creative pursuits and would love to see what you create. Also included in this post are a few source images of inspiration by a few key artists of the early 20th century, which some of these color palettes are derived by and my Pinterest board of Edwardian Fashion. Please feel free to share any designs or sketches made with these free downloads.

This original print is available    HERE    in my Society6 shop

This original print is available HERE in my Society6 shop

This set of custom color swatches was inspired by the book  Pantone: The 20th Century in Color . The authors of this book do a beautiful and concise job of colorizing important movements of the decades past.  Early 20th Century Swatch .ZIP Download    HERE

This set of custom color swatches was inspired by the book Pantone: The 20th Century in Color. The authors of this book do a beautiful and concise job of colorizing important movements of the decades past.

Early 20th Century Swatch .ZIP Download HERE

Maxfield Parrish,  “The Garden of Allah”        Maxfield Parrish  (July 25, 1870 – March 30, 1966) was an American painter and illustrator active in the first half of the 20th century. He is known for his distinctive saturated hues and idealized neo-classical imagery.   

Maxfield Parrish, “The Garden of Allah”    

Maxfield Parrish (July 25, 1870 – March 30, 1966) was an American painter and illustrator active in the first half of the 20th century. He is known for his distinctive saturated hues and idealized neo-classical imagery.

 

Imperial Faberge Egg  A Fabergé egg is a jeweled egg (possibly numbering as many as 69, of which 57 survive today) created by the House of Fabergé, in St. Petersburg, Imperial Russia.      

Imperial Faberge Egg

A Fabergé egg is a jeweled egg (possibly numbering as many as 69, of which 57 survive today) created by the House of Fabergé, in St. Petersburg, Imperial Russia.

 

 

Paul Poiret Fashion Designs with Illustrations by George Lepape   Paul Poiret (20 April 1879, Paris, France – 30 April 1944, Paris) was a leading French fashion designer, a master couturier during the first two decades of the 20th century. He was the founder of his namesake haute couture house. 

Paul Poiret Fashion Designs with Illustrations by George Lepape

Paul Poiret (20 April 1879, Paris, France – 30 April 1944, Paris) was a leading French fashion designer, a master couturier during the first two decades of the 20th century. He was the founder of his namesake haute couture house. 

Landscape near Chatou, André Derain. 1904   (Fauvism movement)  Fauvism is the style of les Fauves (French for "the wild beasts"), a group of early twentieth-century modern artists whose works emphasized painterly qualities and strong color over the representational or realistic values retained by Impressionism.

Landscape near Chatou, André Derain. 1904   (Fauvism movement)

Fauvism is the style of les Fauves (French for "the wild beasts"), a group of early twentieth-century modern artists whose works emphasized painterly qualities and strong color over the representational or realistic values retained by Impressionism.