Raoul Dufy Atuyer-Bianchini-Ferier
Apparel textile length
Raoul Dufy, French, Apparel textile length, ca. 1912, Block-printed silk, satin weave; 86.4 cm (34 inches) (selvage width), 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).