Drawing, "Textile Design: Honeysuckle and Hollyhocks", 1897–98
Brush and watercolor, graphite on dark cream wove paper. Gift of Aimee B. Troyen. 2012-15-1.
- Designed by Alphonse Maria Mucha
What is this?
Printed textile design with hollyhocks in foreground, a "C"-shaped honeysuckle vine curving around the hollyhocks from lower right to upper left, and a meandering abstract design in monochrome in the background.
Why is this in our collection?
Although textile designs were not a major part of his graphic production, Alphonse Mucha produced a number of designs for printed fabrics between 1897 and 1898 (as recorded in the artist’s diaries). All of these were handled by the firm of Carl Gustave Forrer, an industrial draftsman of Swiss origin who had established businesses in Paris and the Parisian suburb of Sannois. The Forrer firm sent the designs to an Alsatian printing firm, Sheurer, Lauth & Cie, and possibly to a London shop for manufacture. It is not clear how many of Mucha’s designs were actually produced or how they were used. Comparatively few printed textiles are known today. Examples may be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum in... more