Our first instalment of enjoying textiles illustrated by major 20th century artists had to do with unlikely figures–Picasso and Warhol–doing justice to a rather obscure endeavor. (You don’t think of either of those luminaries avoiding the limelight.) In this second survey we’ll look at the output of far less celebrated figures who, one could say, evince a real gusto for unheralded design performance.
As early as 1911, Raoul Dufy established a link to the concerns of fashion designer Paul Poiret and, as such, embarked on parading deco graphic design as something quite distinct from his Fauve and School of Paris headliners. Our first pattern image, “Marronniers,” [Chestnuts], deploys Dufy’s genius for breezy prospects, but here thousand miles from career coups. Continue reading