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1918

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Drawing, Textile Design: The Enchanted Isle of Beautiful Sounds

This is a Drawing. We acquired it in 1971. Its medium is brush and gouache, graphite on brown wove paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Crisp’s richly colored painting is a study for one of a set of three tapestries meant to adorn the walls of a music room. The resulting tapestries, made of silk batik and measuring over eleven by nine feet in size, never made it into the client’s home because of financial issues. Crisp’s use of color-saturated gouache and Persian elements evoke otherworldly luxury which would have been magnified by the scale of the tapestries.

  • Brooch, 1968–1980
  • laminated, baked, and cut cellulose acetate.
  • Gift of Myra Cooper.
  • 2015-37-2

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Drawing, Textile Design: The Enchanted Isle of Beautiful Sounds; France; brush and gouache, graphite on brown wove paper; 1971-96-1

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"The Creeper," Duke Ellington and his Kentucky Club Orchestra (1926)

Arthur Crisp’s textile drawing The Enchanted Isle of Musical Sounds reminds me of early jazz in New York City in the 1920s—evocative, exotic, fresh, energizing, and at times mysterious. “The...

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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