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La Chasse

Furnishing Fabric
ca. 1920 (designed)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Raoul Dufy (1877-1953) designed this furnishing fabric called ‘La Chasse’ for Bianchini-Férier about 1920. It is made of woodblock printed printed linen and cotton. Dufy was a painter who had exhibited with the Fauves. He began to design textiles for Paul Poiret in 1911. From 1912 until 1930 he designed woven and printed textiles for the silk manufacturers Bianchini-Férier. He created a range of lively fabrics in bright colours, many of which were bought by leading couturiers such as Lanvin, Patou and Poiret.

‘La Chasse’ is part of the ‘Toiles de Tournon’ series, which was made at the Bianchini-Férier factory at Tournon, near Lyon, in the early 1920s. The title of the series reflects Dufy’s aspiration to produce a modern day furnishing fabric in the same vein as Oberkampf’s 18th century toiles de Jouy. These often depicted groups of people interspersed with vegetation. Dufy’s design is also reminiscent of popular prints. Areas of colour are skilfully balanced against a plain background to achieve dynamic repeats in an ostensibly rough-hewn manner. Shortly before Poiret employed him, Dufy had produced woodcuts to illustrate the poet Apollinaire’s volume Le Bestiaire ou Cortège d’Orphée.


Object details

Categories
Object type
TitleLa Chasse (assigned by artist)
Materials and techniques
Woodblock printed linen and cotton
Physical description
An 18th century gentleman carrying a gun and accompanied by his dog is walking through a landscape with a village in the background and trees and foliage in the foreground. The print is in a 'naïf' style with the design printed in black on a white ground. The repeat is reversed in alternate rows.
Dimensions
  • Length: 119cm
  • Width: 49.5cm
Style
Credit line
Given by Mrs Margaret H. Armitage (née Bulley)
Summary
Raoul Dufy (1877-1953) designed this furnishing fabric called ‘La Chasse’ for Bianchini-Férier about 1920. It is made of woodblock printed printed linen and cotton. Dufy was a painter who had exhibited with the Fauves. He began to design textiles for Paul Poiret in 1911. From 1912 until 1930 he designed woven and printed textiles for the silk manufacturers Bianchini-Férier. He created a range of lively fabrics in bright colours, many of which were bought by leading couturiers such as Lanvin, Patou and Poiret.

‘La Chasse’ is part of the ‘Toiles de Tournon’ series, which was made at the Bianchini-Férier factory at Tournon, near Lyon, in the early 1920s. The title of the series reflects Dufy’s aspiration to produce a modern day furnishing fabric in the same vein as Oberkampf’s 18th century toiles de Jouy. These often depicted groups of people interspersed with vegetation. Dufy’s design is also reminiscent of popular prints. Areas of colour are skilfully balanced against a plain background to achieve dynamic repeats in an ostensibly rough-hewn manner. Shortly before Poiret employed him, Dufy had produced woodcuts to illustrate the poet Apollinaire’s volume Le Bestiaire ou Cortège d’Orphée.
Bibliographic reference
Samuels, Charlotte. Art Deco Textiles. London : V&A Publications, 2003. Plate 10.
Collection
Accession number
MISC.2:31-1934

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Record createdAugust 8, 2002
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