Printed fabric (furnishing fabric) - with water lilies

Textile and Costume Collection

Accession Nr.: 7366
Ranson, Paul-Elie (1862 - 1909) / designer
Place of production: Paris
Inscription: nincs
Materials: velveteen
Techniques: printed pattern
length: 183 cm
width: 81 cm

The French painter Paul-Elie Ranson (1861–1909) was a decisive figure of the post-impressionist Nabis [Prophets] group of artists. The outlook of this group was considerably influenced by symbolism, Japanese art and esoteric ideas. Art collector and dealer of German origin, Siegfried Bing (1838–1905) founded his art gallery, La Maison de l’Art Nouveau in Paris in 1895. The gallery was both an exhibiting room and a shop, providing the mentioned group with both an intellectual workshop and a place of exhibition. The wall of a dining-room interior designed with highly artistic care and exhibited in one of the gallery rooms was adorned by Ranson’s only extant printed velveteen wall-hanging. In rippling water there are two small water lilies next to a fully open large one. The yellow lilies stand out of the dark and light blue ground. The pattern is repeated endlessly by printing. The large flowers make up a regular line on the dining-room wall animated by the smaller flowers and the rippling water surface. Later the pattern was used for upholstery fabrics and curtains, enhancing the undulation of the water-lilies on the billowy water. In 1898 the Museum of Applied Arts staged a large international exhibition entitled Modern Art. The museum bought the textile sample also on display in the exhibition from Siegfried Bing.


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