Ruth Reeves


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After attending the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn (1910–11), the textile designer and artist Reeves won a scholarship to the Art Students League in New York in 1913. She was attracted by the artistic allure of Europe and travelled to Paris in 1920, where she studied with Fernand Léger. After returning to the United States in 1927 her designs showed a strong influence of French developments in the arts. In textile designs such as Manhattan, printed by W. & J. Sloane (1930), her knowledge of Cubist forms blended with the modern iconography of New York, including skyscrapers, smoking factory chimneys, a speeding locomotive, an ocean liner, an aeroplane, and a telephone switchboard.

Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.

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