French vintage textile yellow hand painted gauze
France, Lyon, 1920-30
Fine Gauze painted in white, Black and Yellow pigments
It depicts a figure with a costume with short dress with butterfly wings and large cuffs and fantastic headdress with feathers. She is in an exotic setting of Palms and ferns and in the horizon there is a sail boat.
This design is possibly by Robert Bonfils (1886-1972) who was a fabric Designer but was also a Great graphic artist. His texile Oasis and Also his design La conquete d’Algerie are reminiscent of this style.
This Fantastical Exoticism theme was one of the loved themes of the art deco period and was also present in other artist's work such as Raoul Dufy. This exoticism and interest in ancient cultures, the Mayan civilisation and African Art was also very present in theatre such as the famous ballet russes Dance Company of Daghilev. these designs recall the wonderful costumes and scenography created for ballets.
Comes beautifully mounted in a custom glass and wooden legs frame