The development of textiles as an art form between 1940 and 1976, and the extent of collaboration between artists and textile manufacturers at this time, is unrivalled in modern art history. Raoul Dufy was the first twentieth-century artist to become seriously and successfully involved in producing textile designs. His work influenced and encouraged many other artists and textile companies in Britain, on the Continent and in America.
After the war, this movement really flowered with the involvement of leading artists of the day such as Picasso, Chagall, Dali, Matisse, Moore, Piper, Paolozzi, and Steinberg to name but a few. Artists' Textiles includes over 200 colour images, many never seen before, including some extremely rare examples of textile designs by Andy Warhol.