In the last year of World War 1, a writer named Hugh Hurst published an illustrated article on ship camouflage titled "Dazzle-Painting in War-Time" in International Studio (September 1919, pp. 93-99). It remains one of the most eloquent essays on the subject, and is of additional interest because it included reproductions of a handful of wonderful paintings of camouflaged ships in the settings of various harbors. C A M O U P E D I A: Ship Camouflage | Wartime Dazzle Painting
Hard to believe those are drawings and a photo of battleships, but that's what they are. Why the wacky paint job? Well, it's called Dazzle:Dazzle is a disruptive type of camouflage used in World War I to camouflage ships against German U-boats. The disruptive design resembled Cubist paintings and confused...