Poster, "Holländische Kunstausstellung (Dutch Art Exhibition in Krefeld)", 1903 Lithograph on white wove paper. Museum purchase from the Members' Acquisitions Fund of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. 2008-4-1.
What is this?
Above and below the central text field, the designer creates an abstract curvilinear pattern of fractured tulips in black and white, set against a bright gold ground. Two circular orange elements, which could refer to lady bugs or other insects, anchor the composition at the center. The areas of dense black patterning are echoed in the horizontal and vertical lines framing each of the fields and the entire poster.