Black and colored crayon on wove paper
Sheet: 22.2 x 24.4 cm (8 3/4 x 9 5/8 in.)
Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2019.67
Jean Baptiste Pillement not only created designs for silk manufacture, he also is credited with inventing a new technique for printing on fabric.
This drawing features a floral design intended for use by the silk manufactory in Lyon, a city with a long tradition in this industry. Jean Baptiste Pillement’s chalk drawings were translated not only into fabric, but also prints, which circulated and spread his style widely. Here, he used a small range of colors and repeated forms to create an appealing decorative motif.
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