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Textile, Pioneer Pathways

This is a Textile. It was designed by Anton Refregier (American, b. Russia (1905–1979) and produced by Associated American Artists. It is dated 1952 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is cotton and its technique is printed. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Anton Refregier, the Russian-born artist best known for his WPA murals depicting American history, created Pioneer Pathways for the collection of eight Riverdale Fabrics that bore his design’s name. Refregier’s Americana-inspired design was produced in several colorways, including blue-green (5826.2.2016).

This taupe version of Pioneer Pathways was featured prominently in the April 1952 issue of Living for Young Homemakers, in which a spread entitled “A living room planned for a fair-haired working wife” declared that “a carefully considered color scheme and wisely chosen furniture create a room that reflects both its owner’s delicate coloring and her brisk, positive approach to living.” (1)

A red version is included in the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art’s traveling exhibition, “Art for Every Home: Associated American Artists, 1934-2000.”

Another example of Refregier’s textile design, Open Sesame (1994-38-10), is currently in the museum’s collection

(1) Gail Windisch, Sylvan Cole Jr., and Karen J. Herbaugh, Art for Every Home: Associated American Artists, 1934-2000 (Manhattan: Marianna Kistler Beach Museum, Kansas State University, 2016): 191.

This object was donated by American Textile History Museum. It is credited American Textile History Museum Collection, gift of Paulette Simpson.

  • Lamelleware Plate
  • glazed earthenware.
  • Gift of Ashley and Mark Callahan in memory of Solveig Cox.
  • 2017-40-1

Its dimensions are

H x W: 111.8 × 118.1 cm (44 in. × 46 1/2 in.)

Cite this object as

Textile, Pioneer Pathways; Designed by Anton Refregier (American, b. Russia (1905–1979) (American, b. Russia (1905–1979)); Produced by Associated American Artists (United States); cotton; H x W: 111.8 × 118.1 cm (44 in. × 46 1/2 in.); American Textile History Museum Collection, gift of Paulette Simpson; 2016-35-63

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