Let me show you something…
Are you familiar with this work? Perhaps you’ve seen it before.
If you don’t know it, at first glance perhaps you think it’s a fantastic quilt? But no! This is a painting by British artist David Bomberg and was done in 1913-14. Isn’t that fascinating? I’m pretty sure if you saw this piece in an art quilt book or magazine you’d happily accept that it’s a quilt made sometime in the last 20 years or so, but it’s a painting made over 100 years ago.
Why am I sharing this with you? Well, just because I think it’s always amusing that there are hardly any new ideas, and you can be pretty sure that someone, somewhere might have done something similar before.
But also because I love to reinforce the notion that as quilters we must never work with blinkers on, but always refer to the wider art world for reference and inspiration, and to constantly put our work in context.
I hope if this work is new to you, like it was to me, that you might enjoy finding out more about the piece and other of Bomberg’s paintings. You can see some great examples on the Tate website
and an exhibition is just opening at the National Gallery called Young Bomberg and the Old Masters.