With the natural light pouring into the gallery and the over head lights, it was challenging to photograph the scarves without getting tremendous glare from the glass covering the framed scarves.
Cricket Scene by Polish artist, Feliks Topolski screen-printed on silk. Topolski later became a British citizen and was one of the war artist. He was an illustrator and later an Expressionist painter.
Problems existed during trying times. There was a lack of good silks and cotton, inferior fabrics and dyes along with the proper techniques of reproducing the scarves. With all these obstacles, Topolski still enjoyed the process and that it offered enjoyment to the end user. The very first Ascher scarves were printed on parachute silk.
Cornish Landscape by Scottish artist, Robert Colquhoun. His studies at the Glasgow School of Art were suspended when he became an ambulance driver during the war. His technique was heavily influenced by Picasso.
La Seine screen-printed on silk crepe by French artist, Marie Laurencin. Known for her whimsical, female figures, she was the only female artist in this exhibition.
French artist, Philippe Julian was a painter and excellent illustrator. I love the colors in this scarf and could easily add to my own collection.
Screen-printed silk twill by French artist, Andre Derain. He was the co-founder of Fauvism with Matisse. Later he shifted his work to muted tones influenced by Cubism and Cezanne.
Contrebadier (Smuggler) by Spanish artist, Pedro Flores. Flores was part of the Spanish School of Paris along with Picasso. I really like his style and it does remind me of many of Picasso's works.
Le Jour et la Nuit (Day and Night) by Spanish artist, Oscar Domingues. A Surrealist painter also influenced by Picasso.Black Trellis by English artist, Graham Sutherland. Southerland also worked on the home front during the war. His works were very descriptive in his documentation of bomb damage. He later went on to feature religious art depicting crucifixions and thorns.
All of the scarves were limited editions, no more than 600. At the time, the scarves cost 12 British pounds each. Today that would be 400 pounds or around $680 US dollars. During a time of rationing, these scarves were the creme de la creme accessory a woman could wear!
Other scarves on display were created by the British actor, James Mason and artists Henri Matisse, Alexander Calder and Henry Moore.
Check it out. Besides one other couple, we were the only ones enjoying the exhibit on Saturday morning. The show is on display through August 10. Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am - 3:00pm.
"The Printed Square: International Fashion Scarves"
McNichols Civic Center Building
144 W. Colfax St.