Whitford Fine Art

ART IN FASHION - Silk Artists Squares from 1947

ART IN FASHION - Silk Artists Squares from 1947

landscape sculpture by barbara hepworth

Barbara Hepworth

Landscape Sculpture, 1947

the lovers - boy and girl by andré derain

André Derain

The Lovers - Boy and Girl, 1947

visage by jean cocteau

Jean Cocteau

Visage, 1947

la mer by alexander calder

Alexander Calder

La Mer, 1946

Tuesday, April 24, 2012Friday, May 18, 2012

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The Aschers' work in textiles and art represent the postwar ambition to do something different, something avant-garde. Their vision was to promote optimism in a postwar society that was often dreary and depressing. The concept of the Ascher Squares--of collaboration between artist and designer, of freedom within an industry that had always been highly structured--was new. No instruction was given, no restriction placed upon creativity. "Make art" was the request, "let inspiration be the guide." The artists so employed represented a cross-section of Europe itself. They were English, Spanish, Greek, Russian, American, French in a sense, the Ascher Square is both a representation of postwar liberation and the state of art in the whole of Europe at the time.