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What is this?

Length of printed cotton with an all-over repeating pattern of a small bird with a yellow back, brown breast, and heart-shaped red tail, on a ground of brushstrokes in taupe on an off-white ground.

Why is this in our collection?

In 1953, Dan Fuller, president of Fuller Fabrics, invited five of the 20th century’s most distinguished artists: Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Marc Chagall, Joan Miró, and Raoul Dufy, to collaborate on a line of textiles to be called the Modern Master Series. The concept was unique in that the artists were not commissioned to produce original patterns specifically for the textiles. Instead, Fuller worked with each artist to select motifs from their existing body of work, which were then translated by the company’s in house designers into repeating patterns.[1] Fidelity of reproduction was essential, and Fuller’s designers worked diligently to render the motifs accurately for engraving. The patterns... more

This is a textile from United States. It is dated 1955 and we acquired it in 1956. Gift of Fuller Fabrics Corp.. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

medium: cotton technique: printed with copper roller incised by photographic process

Its dimensions are

H x W: 141 x 103.2 cm (55 1/2 x 40 5/8 in.)

It is inscribed

Fuller Fabrics Birds by Picasso A Modern Master Original D.B. Fuller & Co. (printed in selvedge)

This object was designed by Pablo Picasso and manufactured by Fuller Fabrics

This object was donated by Fuller Fabrics

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