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Textile, Femme à Marguerite (Woman with Daisy)

This is a Textile. It was designed by Alphonse Maria Mucha. It is dated ca. 1898–1900 and we acquired it in 2004. Its medium is cotton and its technique is printed on supplementary warp pile (velvet). It is a part of the Textiles department.

Czech-born Alphonse Maria Mucha was a major art nouveau artist and designer in turn of the century Paris.
Best known for his graphic designs and posters featuring female figures with flowing hair amid lush vegetal forms, Mucha also worked in a number of other media and designed a small number of furnishing fabrics in his signature style for the Parisian firm C. G. Forrer. This piece, which is in excellent condition, is especially attractive because it is printed on velvet, a material that is both more unusual and richer in appearance than flat cotton sateen. In addition, the figure is complete and centered on the piece, which is not always the case when textiles are cut.
The acquisition of this piece would make it, from an exhibition perspective, the strongest example of Mucha’s work in the museum’s collection.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled Velvet Lady.

It is credited Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.

Our curators have highlighted 3 objects that are related to this one.

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 70.2 x 78.1 cm (27 5/8 x 30 3/4 in.)

It is signed

Printed signature, lower right hand side: Mucha

It is inscribed

Attached adhesive label on lower right hand corner: 19089 680

Cite this object as

Textile, Femme à Marguerite (Woman with Daisy); Designed by Alphonse Maria Mucha (Czech, 1860–1939); France; cotton; H x W: 70.2 x 78.1 cm (27 5/8 x 30 3/4 in.); Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund; 2004-6-2

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Botanical Expressions and Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008.

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