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Textile, Grand Feuillage

This is a Textile. It was manufactured by Bianchini-Férier, Inc.. It is dated ca. 1920 and we acquired it in 1934. Its medium is cotton, linen and its technique is printed on plain weave. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Artist Raoul Dufy was one of the most successful and prolific textile designers of the period. The aesthetic sensibility of his woodcut prints was well suited to textile patterning. He developed a distinctively joyful style, producing literally thousands of designs while under contract with Lyons based luxury silk producer Bianchini-Férier between 1912 and 1928. The foliate motifs of this particular fabric are highly abstracted – proclaiming the modernity of the pattern. At the same time, they convey a sense of lush, dense vegetation, reflecting a fascination with the exotic that was evident in many of Dufy’s textiles.

It is credited Museum purchase from Au Panier Fleuri Fund.

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 140.3 × 120 cm (55 1/4 × 47 1/4 in.)

Cite this object as

Textile, Grand Feuillage; Manufactured by Bianchini-Férier, Inc. (France); France; cotton, linen; H x W: 140.3 × 120 cm (55 1/4 × 47 1/4 in.); Museum purchase from Au Panier Fleuri Fund; 1934-14-4

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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