Furnishing fabric

Play Boy

1930 (made)

Ruth Reeves

Length: 127 cm, Width: 71 cm

CIRC.276-1932 T&F

Furnishing fabric 'Play Boy' of printed cotton and monk's cloth, designed by Ruth Reeves, retailed by W. & J. Sloane, New York, 1930.

Furnishing fabric of printed cotton and monk's cloth. Figures shooting, riding and driving represented in Aztec style block motifs of dark brown, yellow, orange and cream.

This printed cotton and monk's cloth furnishing fabric was designed by Ruth Reeves (1892-1966) for W. & J. Sloane in 1930. Reeves trained with Fernand L├ęger (1881-1955) during the 1920s and was influenced by his Cubist paintings. She produced a wide range of printed and woven fabrics, mainly depicting modern life in America. Her most widely acknowledged commission was for the carpets in Radio City Music Hall in New York. 'Play Boy' shows figures shooting, riding and driving represented in Aztec-style block motifs. Reeves travelled to Guatemala in 1934 to pursue her interest in indigenous Central American art.

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Location: In Storage

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