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Bear (Furnishing Fabric)

A work made of linen, plain weave; screen printed.

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  • A work made of linen, plain weave; screen printed.




Designed by Paul Thiry (American, 1904–1993)
Produced by L. Anton Maix, Inc. (American, 20th century)
United States, New York, New York

About this artwork

Paul Thiry was born to French parents in Nome, Alaska. Trained as an architect, he was most active in the state of Washington. His design Bear liberally reinterprets formline images created in Indigenous communities of the Northwest Coast. Although the screen-printed lines are heavy and lack the sinuous elegance achieved by Native artists, they embrace midcentury modern aesthetics that were popular in furnishings during this period. The kinds of formline images that may have inspired this textile appear on this làkt or bentwood box by James Johnson (Tlingit, Ch’áak’Dakl’aweidi Clan).


On View, Gallery 263




Paul Thiry (Designer)


Bear (Furnishing Fabric)


New York City (Object made in)

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Made 1950–1955


Linen, plain weave; screen printed


Inscription (on left selvage): L. ANTON MAIX FABRICS N.Y. CITY ©; (on right selvage): "BEAR" by Paul Thiry PAT. REP. 29"


95.3 × 138.5 cm (37 1/2 × 54 1/2 in.); Warp repeat: H.: 75 cm (29 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Christa C. Mayer Thurman Textile Endowment

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