Today’s Photo Friday is a beautifully colourful image taken from a book in our Special Collections, “Giftwraps by Artists: Designs by Raoul Dufy”. This is one of a series of books published featuring designs by artists that can be pulled out of the book and used to wrap your gifts. We have chosen this book to coincide with the exhibition “Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol” currently running at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London until 17th May.
Raoul Dufy (1877-1953) was a French painter in oil and watercolour, illustrator and designer. He was noted for his brightly coloured and highly decorative scenes of luxury, recreation and spectacle, including horse races, regattas, parades and concerts.
In his early work he painted in an impressionist style, but by 1905 had adopted the broad brushstrokes and bright colours of the Fauve artists. He later developed a more cubist influenced style, but soon returned to his more carefree Fauve approach.
Although best known for his painting, Dufy also worked in other media, including woodcuts, and designs for ceramics, tapestries and textiles. The designs in this book were selected from over 1500 textile designs created for Bianchini-Ferier between 1912-1930. The sixteen designs reproduced in this book have been reduced in scale and directly photographed from the original designs on paper. The image selected is a gouache on paper drawing of a textile design, c.1920.
Access to all material in our Special Collections is by arrangement with the LJMU Archivist