Thursday, August 21, 2014

Principles of Modernism: Line for Line's Sake

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)



Dress print

Drapery fabric


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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1 comment:

  1. Nice...and Ellsworth Kelly too...