Raoul Dufy (French, Le Havre 1877–1953 Forcalquier)
Atuyer, Bianchini et Férier (French, founded Lyons, 1888)
72 x 47 in. (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.
Bianchini-Férier, Lyons (until 1923; sold to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Retrospective Exhibition of Painted and Printed Fabrics," May 16–September 11, 1927, no. 317 (as "The thrasher").
New York. Finch College Museum of Art. "Art Deco," October 14–November 30, 1970, no. 449 (as "The Harvester," ca. 1923).
Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Cranbrook Academy of Art. "Art Deco," January 19–February 28, 1971, no. 449.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of French Art Deco," August 4, 2009–January 23, 2011, no catalogue.
Henri Clouzot. "Les 'Tissus modernes' de Raoul Dufy." Art et Décoration 38 (July–December 1920), pp. 181–82, ill.
Léon Moussinac. Étoffes imprimées et papiers peints. Paris, 1924, pl. 23.
L'Art décoratif français 1918–1925: Recuiel de documents parus dans la revue Art et décoration. Paris, 1925, p. 88.
Catalogue of a Retrospective Exhibition of Painted and Printed Fabrics. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1927, p. 85, no. 317.
Judith Applegate. Art Deco. Exh. cat., Finch College Museum of Art. New York, 1970, no. 446.
Raoul Dufy créateur d'étoffes. Exh. cat., Musée de l’Impression sur Etoffes de Mulhouse. Mulhouse, 1973, no. 220.
Jared Goss. French Art Deco. New York, 2014, pp. 66, 69, 254, no. 15d, ill. p. 71 (color).