Set of two works of textile art in satin by Marijke Don 1970s


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Around 1970, a strong revival of the practice of textile arts began in the Netherlands. Working with textiles not only offered many opportunities for experimentation, but was also an expression of a changing taste with attention to materials with warmth and texture. Many artists, especially female artists, took textile working methods out of the sphere of domestic industry and worked as autonomous artists in this important subfield of modern art. Marijke Don (Voorburg 1941) belonged to that important group of post-war artists who initiated the development of textile art. The Modern Art department of the Frans Hals Museum in Leiden played a stimulating role by organizing the Textile Triennials in 1968, 1971 and 1974. Marijke Don made her debut at the Frans Hals Museum in 1969 and also participated in the Triennials of 1971 and 1974 (Werken in Textiel 2 and 3) with her unique works in satin. There is a close relationship with Zero Art in the way in which repetitive patterns are incorporated into the material and a subtle play with light and reflection occurs. Relief III, Relief IV, signed M. Don, not dated (1970s), satin in ‘Zaans stikwerk’ (stitching) in good condition, Relief III with a small blemish, framed, 63×63 cm.