Hanging, "Evening", 1949
Technique: plain weave with discontinuous weft (tapestry)
Label: wool tapestry.
Gift of Elizabeth Gordon. 1964-24-48.
- Woven by Eva Anttila
What is this?
Hanging depicting three women in front of a cluster of houses, in browns, grays, blues, orange, yellow and white on a natural ground.
Why is this important?
Active from the 1940s through the 1980s, Finnish artist Eva Anttila famously wove, or had a hand in weaving, every tapestry that bears her name. Her work is considered an enduring expression of the “artist weaver” concept, which has its roots in the idealized concept of the craftsman advocated in the German Bauhaus movement, and first articulated in Finland by industrial designer Arttu Brummer, Antilla’s husband. As she explained in an interview published in Finland’s Taide art magazine in 1948, “Tapestry revivals led by painters produce unsatisfactory results – painters only draw cartoons, and their conversion into textiles is left to professional weavers.” A designer, she explains, “…should start by weaving.” With its strong vertical rhythm and stippled shading, Evening echoes these ideas, demonstrating Anttila’s sensitivity to the aesthetics of the woven structure.