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Panel, Cour de Rohan

This is a Panel. It was designed by Sheila Hicks. It is dated 1997 and we acquired it in 2007. Its medium is linen and its technique is macro-embroidered. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Cour de Rohan, which bears the name of Sheila Hicks’s home in Paris, is an example of the artist’s “macro-embroidery” process, a scaled-up version of the embroidery stitch known as point de couchage or point lancé et couché, employed in the famous Bayeux Embroidery of Normandy. Hicks has stretched and assembled multiple linen yarns in varying lengths and has hand-sewn them after alternately twisting in “S” or “Z” directions. The only tool she employed was a half-moon rounded needle. The natural linen woven base cloth was stretched in tension and the skeins, or coils, of bleached linen were anchored onto it by sewing them with strong linen thread, holding and stabilizing the volume, creating a bas-relief effect.
Hicks attended the School of Art and Architecture at Yale University, where she trained under Josef Albers. She was a painting major and Albers’s top student. While at Yale, she became enamored with pre-Columbian art and textiles and began a research project that led her to Mexico where she learned to weave from local weavers. Hicks continued to live and work in many other countries, including Chile, Peru, India, Thailand, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, France, and the United States.

This object was donated by Cristina Grajales Gallery, Itaka Martignoni and Enrico Martignoni. It is credited Gift of Itaka and Enrico Martignoni and Cristina Grajales.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 165.1 x 165.1 x 5.1 cm (5 ft. 5 in. x 5 ft. 5 in. x 2 in.)

Cite this object as

Panel, Cour de Rohan; Designed by Sheila Hicks (American, b. 1934); France; linen; H x W x D: 165.1 x 165.1 x 5.1 cm (5 ft. 5 in. x 5 ft. 5 in. x 2 in.); Gift of Itaka and Enrico Martignoni and Cristina Grajales; 2007-51-1

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