Color and Contour: Provencal Quilts and Domestic Objects
June 15-October 28, 2018
Lois Gottsch Gallery
“The strong golden sunlight of Provence illuminates all detail. Each leaf, each flower petal, the small curve of a snail shell, the refined form of carved architectural stone, everything that curves and swells, everything that recedes into shadow—all are limned with light. The same intensity of light illuminates colors in every hue, from subtle gray-green olive leaves and pale blue lavender florets to red-burnished pomegranates and golden sunflower petals.”
These words, from Kathryn Berenson’s Quilts of Provence, evokes the comparison of a French wholecloth quilts from Berenson’s collection with small, decorative objects from southern France. Sumptuous, single-color textiles, and small wood and clay objects both show the play of light and shadow as a practiced art.