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Textile, La Vie en Rose, 1954

This is a Textile. It was designed by Hans Moller and produced by Associated American Artists. It is dated 1954 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is cotton and its technique is printed. It is a part of the Textiles Department department.

In La Vie en Rose, designed by the German-born abstractionist Hans Moller, the flower petals don’t quite line up with their sketchy black outlines. The roses, reminiscent of fleeting watercolor renderings in deep pink, indigo, orange, teal, and yellow green, are drawn on a white ground, evoking a page from the artist’s sketchpad.
McCall’s Patterns presented a drop-waist sundress made from La Vie en Rose in its spring 1995 Pattern Book. (1)
Four distinct designs by Hans Moller are presented within this group. A fifth of his designs, Chain Reaction, is included in the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art’s traveling exhibition, “Art for Every Home: Associated American Artists, 1934-2000.”
(1) Karen J. Herbaugh, “Index of AAA Textile Designs,” in Art for Every Home: An Illustrated Index of Associated American Artists Prints, Ceramics, and Textile Designs (Manhattan: Marianna Kistler Beach Museum, Kansas State University, 2016), http://hdl.handle.net/2097/19686.

This object was donated by American Textile History Museum. It is credited American Textile History Museum Collection, museum purchase through gift of anonymous donor.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 269.2 × 88.9 cm (8 ft. 10 in. × 35 in.)

Cite this object as

Textile, La Vie en Rose, 1954; Designed by Hans Moller (American, b. Germany, 1905 - 2000); cotton; H x W: 269.2 × 88.9 cm (8 ft. 10 in. × 35 in.); American Textile History Museum Collection, museum purchase through gift of anonymous donor; 2016-35-29

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