Textile, ca. 1898–1900
Technique: printed on supplementary warp pile (velvet)
Label: printed cotton velvet. Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund. 2004-6-2.
- Designed by Alphonse Maria Mucha
What is this?
Piece of printed velvet with a young woman in medieval dress with flowing hair, holding a daisy and standing amidst a swirling profusion of branches and flowers, in shades of brown, rust, green and yellow on a pale pink ground.
Why is this in our collection?
Czech-born Alphonse Maria Mucha was a major art nouveau artist and designer in turn of the century Paris. Best known for his graphic designs and posters featuring female figures with flowing hair amid lush vegetal forms, Mucha also worked in a number of other media and designed a small number of furnishing fabrics in his signature style for the Parisian firm C. G. Forrer. This piece, which is in excellent condition, is especially attractive because it is printed on velvet, a material that is both more unusual and richer in appearance than flat cotton sateen. In addition, the figure is complete and centered on the piece, which is not always the case when textiles are cut. The acquisition of this piece would... more
This object has been included in the following exhibitions:
- Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008, Friday, March 07, 2008 - Sunday, July 06, 2008