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Textile, Harvest

This is a Textile. It was designed by Albert John Pucci and produced by Associated American Artists. It is dated 1955 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is cotton and its technique is printed. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Albert John Pucci, a painter of city scenes who also illustrated book covers for new editions of classic literature, worked in a romantic cubist style. A lifelong Brooklynite whose usual subjects included row homes, the Staten Island Ferry, and ice-skaters at Rockefeller Plaza, Pucci also practiced plein-air watercolor painting along the coast of Maine.
In his textile designs for Associated American Artists, his fascination with life outdoors is unmistakable. Within the checkerboard repeat of Harvest, farmers tend fields among clusters of triangular haystacks. The tiny, anonymous figures in their curiously confined spaces turn the scene into an abstracted pattern rendered in pink, teal, and royal blue on a gray ground.
Harvest was produced in multiple colorways. This version was included in a Signature Fabrics advertisement in Vogue Pattern Book (December 1955-January 1956). (1)
This design in this colorway is currently represented in the museum’s collection (1994-38-9), as is Pucci’s design Duck Blind (1994-38-11). Duck Blind is also presented for consideration (5826.15.2016).

A dress fashioned from another of Pucci’s prints is part of the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art’s traveling exhibition, “Art for Every Home: Associated American Artists, 1934-2000.” (2)

(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.
(2) 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): 239.

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: 188.6 × 90.2 cm (6 ft. 2 1/4 in. × 35 1/2 in.)

Cite this object as

Textile, Harvest; Designed by Albert John Pucci (American, b. 1920); cotton; H x W: 188.6 × 90.2 cm (6 ft. 2 1/4 in. × 35 1/2 in.); American Textile History Museum Collection, museum purchase through gift of anonymous donor; 2016-35-13

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