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"La Moisson" (The Harvester)
Designer: Raoul Dufy
(French, Le Havre 1877–1953 Forcalquier)
Atuyer, Bianchini et Férier (French, founded Lyons, 1888)
H. 72, W. 47 inches
(182.9 x 119.4 cm.)
Purchase, Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1923
Not on view
The artist Dufy met the couturier Paul Poiret in 1911. With Poiret’s encouragement and financial backing, Dufy created a series of bold monochromatic textiles, hand block-printed in a manner suggestive of both eighteenth-century toiles de jouy and the abstract geometries of modern painting. Poiret used these principally, but not exclusively, for clothing; they soon attracted the attention of the commercial manufacturer Atuyer, Bianchini et Férier, who, much to Poiret’s chagrin, subsequently co-opted their production.
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