Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres: Study for Louise de Broglie
This 1853 drawing by Ingres (pronounced somewhat like Ang) shows
his masterly use of line to create form and likeness.
For centuries line was a tool that artists used to depict a 3-dimensional world on a flat surface.
Franz Kline, Buttress, 1956,
Collection of the Museum of Modern Art
Modernism aimed to free art's tools. Kline did not
use line to portray anything else. His lines were the art.
Line for the sake of line influenced fabric design as
in these mid-20th-century abstract feedsacks, drapes and dress prints that celebrate line.
High fashion and low....
Princess Elizabeth about 1950 in a print by Gerald Wilde
for Ascher Ltd. (London)
The great appeal of some antique quilts
is how they echo the abstract artists' celebration of the line.
Crazy quilts from early 20th century
String quilt from about 1960
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