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Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol

The Textile Museum in Tilburg hosts until September 14th a great exhibition; I always love to see well known artists in giving their talent to textile design and fashion. People forget it’s always been like this.

That’s how it is possible to see a fascinating overview of 20th-century textile designs from some of the world’s most renowned artists. More than 200 home furnishing and clothing fabrics trace the history of textile design, with examples from Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Modernism, Surrealism and Pop Art. Featuring work by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Raoul Dufy, Salvador Dalí, Henri Matisse, Sonia Delaunay, Marc Chagall, Henry Moore, Fernand Léger, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Joan Miró, Andy Warhol and Alexander Calder, the exhibition shows how modern art became accessible to all.

If you have time to read the description and historical note you can see how fashion and textile design, specially before Second World War, was explored by many artists mainly from the Fauvist, Futurist and Constructivist movements, turned to textile design. French Modernist artists Raoul Dufy and Sonia Delaunay as well as Russians Liubov Popova and Vavara Stepanova were pioneers of this trend.

They sought to eliminate the distinction between fine and applied art. Dufy was the first artist of this generation to achieve significant success with his textile designs. His work inspired many other artists and textile companies in France, Britain and the United States.

Juliana de nicola


juliana de nicola. Senior Fashion and Art Editor Juliana is an italian-austrian artist and designer. After academical art-studies and fashion Ba she started working as a free-lance in fashion business covering different roles to feed her curiosity, while her personal projects are growing out of her mouth and ears restless. She was born in Vienna in the past century, loves her savage dogs, lives now in Florence, and travels every time she can.


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