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Psychedelic Peace Swirl Flag 3 X 5 ft. Standard
Psychedelic swirl art forms became very popular in the 1960s, and were widespread in poster art and comics. The original posters were primarily for rock concerts, but not exclusively. Psychedelic art was strongly influenced by Art Nouveau patterns, where you often see curves and swirls. Victor Moscoso was one of these early psychedelic artists. Born in Spain, Moscoso was taught at Yale by Josef Albers. Albers painted and taught in Europe and the US, and was himself a major influence on artists that went on to create the art form seen in the Psychedelic Peace Flag. This is not the “rainbow” design used as a gay pride symbol. The first rainbow flags of that type were created in the late 1970s – Gilbert Baker dyed and sewed the first one in 1978. These were – and remain so today – straight horizontal lines of color (with occasional variations in direction). This is an alteration of the rainbow, which is a curved phenomenon in nature. While Psychedelic art will occasionally make use of straight lines of color, they are rarely the predominant pattern, and never the only pattern. It would be most odd to see psychedelic art with a straight rainbow as that would be artificial, as well as giving the impression of motionlessness. Psychedelic art is never stiff and motionless. It is alive and free.
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