Textile, Vitrail, 1955
Medium: cotton Technique: printed by engraved roller, incised by photographic method Label: cotton printed by engraved roller. Gift of Fuller Fabrics Corp.. 1956-45-4
What is this?
Length of printed cotton resembling a stained glass window, with a repeating design of pincers and nails, two of the Instruments of Christ's Passion. In golden yellow, green-yellow, greens, browns and white, within a grid-like black framework.
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. Fidelity of reproduction was essential, and Fuller’s designers worked diligently to render the motifs accurately for engraving. The patterns... more