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Attributed to Raoul Dufy
French, 1877-1953
Atuyer-Bianchini-Ferier, manufacturer
French, est. 1888
Apparel textile length, ca. 1912
Block-printed silk, satin weave
Width: 86.4 cm (34 inches) (selvage)
Museum Works of Art Fund 51.463

Raoul Dufy Atuyer-Bianchini-Ferier

Apparel textile length

Attributed to Raoul Dufy
French, 1877-1953
Atuyer-Bianchini-Ferier, manufacturer
French, est. 1888
Apparel textile length, ca. 1912
Block-printed silk, satin weave
Width: 86.4 cm (34 inches) (selvage)
Museum Works of Art Fund 51.463

In 1910 Raoul Dufy created woodcuts to illustrate Guillaume Apollinaire’s book La Bestiaire. His bold style received immediate acclaim from fashion designer Paul Poiret (1879 - 1944), who provided Dufy with a studio in which to print textiles. Dufy’s fabric designs for Poiret were so successful that France’s leading silk manufacturer, Bianchini, Férier, signed him to a contract in 1912. Dufy designed for the firm until 1928. Emblematic of his early modernist woodcut style, this length shows Dufy’s characteristic spontaneity and vigor in its lines and layout. The imagery refers to some of Dufy’s inspirations, such as the graphic black-and-white designs of the Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna Workshops, 1903 - 1932) and the reductive floral forms of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868 - 1928).


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