Textile Design with Yellow, Blue, White and Red Abstract Motifs over a Black Ground

Robert Bryer American

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Vertical panel with a textile design that is part of a group of 266 textile designs by the American artist Robert Bryer, possibly made for United Designing Co., since most of the designs carry a stamp of the "United Designing Co. / WOrth 4 - 8975". Some of them also contain a stamp in the verso of the "Original Designing Company, Inc."

The collection contains a great variety of designs, from the more traditional floral and stripe patterns, to thematic designs based on various travel destinations, with palm trees and other holiday attributes. Especially interesting among these are patterns inspired by textiles and paintings of Native American tribes, including the Inca, Navajo, Aztec and Maya. The patterns are composed of semi-abstract figures distributed across the design in a regular or, in some cases, a more casual fashion. The spontaneity of designs and the use of floral and animal motifs suggest they were created for printed textiles in the forties.

This textile design is made up of large abstract motifs with intermittent lines and triangles, colored alternatingly with yellow, red and blue, and undulating white intermittent lines decorated with two striped pyramid motifs colored with blue and with yellow bases over a black ground. The tribal-inspired motifs in the design correspond to the rural revival of the American 'decorator' style that permeated textile designs starting in the second half of the 1930s and throughout the 1940s, many times inspired on indigenous and Native American design motifs.

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