Eileen Gray. Screen. 1922
Eileen Gray

Screen

1922
Not on view
Manufacturer
Eileen Gray Workshop, Paris, France
Medium
Lacquered wood and metal rods
Dimensions
74 1/2 x 53 1/2 x 3/4" (189.2 x 135.9 x 1.9 cm)
Credit
Hector Guimard Fund
Object number
476.1978
Department
Architecture and Design

SIMILAR TO DESIGNING MODERN WOMEN TEXT

This lacquered wood screen is composed of several horizontal rows of panels joined by thin vertical metal rods. It functions not only as a movable wall that demarcates space but also as a sculpture composed of solids and voids, with an underlying influence of Cubism. It is one of the most striking and elegant creations by Gray, who was one of the leading designers working in Paris after World War I. Gray popularized and perfected the art of lacquered furnishings, and her preference for the meticulous finish of lacquer reveals a predilection for materials used in Japanese decorative arts.

Gallery label from Shaping Modernity: Design 1880–1980, December 23, 2009–July 25, 2010

Additional text

This lacquered wood screen is composed of several horizontal rows of panels joined by thin vertical metal rods. It functions not only as a movable wall that demarcates space but also as a sculpture composed of solids and voids. Gray, one of the leading designers working in Paris after World War I, popularized and perfected the art of lacquered furnishings. Her preference for the meticulous finish of lacquer reveals the contemporary taste for materials used in Japanese decorative arts.

Gallery label from Designing Modern Women 1890–1990, October 5, 2013–October 1, 2014

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