Scarf

Scarf

c. 1920
Designer
Raymond Duncan, American, 1878-1966
Born: San Francisco, CA
Work Locations: Paris, France
Locale
Paris, France
scarf
Printed and painted cotton
Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of Alex George
1947.15
Raymond Duncan (American). Scarf. c. 1920. Printed and painted cotton. Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of Alex George. 1947.15.
Dimensions
length: 69 in, 175.2600 cm; width: 42 in, 106.6800 cm
Inscription
Raymond Duncan
Department
Textile Art and Fashion
Collection
Textile Art and Fashion-American
Like his dancer sister, Isadora, Raymond Duncan was fascinated with ancient Greek culture. To finance projects for his school of Greek art and craft, founded in Paris in 1911, he designed silk and cotton scarves and panels that his followers executed. They block-printed the outlines of the motifs and then added color by applying natural dyes with a brush. Two Parisian boutiques, staffed by women wearing ancient Greek dress, sold these scarves to fashionable ladies.
Known Provenance
Gifted April 1947 by Mr. Alex George to Denver Art Museum
Exhibition History
  • "Time Warp: Historicism in Textile Design," April 24 - October 10, 1999 (DAM)
  • "Cover Story," May 17, 2013 - April 27, 2014 (DAM)