Textile Design with Red Roses and Blue Roundels with Rosettes
Robert Bryer American
Not on view
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 a pattern of roundels of dark blue color with small white rosettes with blue stems and leaves over a blue and white ground. The spaces between the roundels are filled by red roses that stand on green stems with leaves. The design is unfinished, presenting only a few fully-rendered roundels and roses in the upper part of the rectangular area designated for the design, which is marked with graphite, and with traces of circles made with graphite in the rest of the area.