Ten radiating white ovals with green tails springing out of a dark background
Catalog #: 
20th Century
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Medium: Print on Fabric
Size: 44 x 52 in
Location: Not on view
Donor: Donated by E.F. Lindquist; conservation and exhibition generously supported by Professor Emeritus H. Dee and Myrene Hoover.


Nationalmuseum Sweden http://www.scandinaviandesign.com/nationalmuseum/0605/

Jackson, Lesley. The New Look: Design in the Fifties. Exh. Cat. London: Manchester City Art Galleries and Thames and Hudson, 1992.

Abstract, Swedish Cooperative Union, Gustavsberg, Pop Art, Textile, Print

More about Stig Lindberg


Stig Lindberg is known primarily as a ceramic artist, although he also worked with glass, textiles, painting, and illustration. He produced work in the Gustavsberg Studio (founded in 1942 and part of the Swedish Cooperative Union), and in 1949 he became the art director of the studio. His pottery, which the studio produced in its factory, featured playful designs and shapes inspired by nature. His fanciful designs were mass produce and affordable. As dinnerware (most famously Berså, Spisa Ribb, and Terma), his work incorporated art into the everyday life of the average Swede, yet his work reached beyond the table. He also illustrated Lennart Hellsing’s children’s books, helped with bathtub enamels at Gustavsberg, and designed items for other businesses owned by the Swedish Cooperative Union, including a television for Luma. In 2007, the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, Sweden featured an exhibition of three hundred of Lindberg’s pieces.

When Christian Dior’s New Look debuted in February 1947, it emphasized the hourglass shape of the female silhouette, alternating between extra padding and a close fit to the body to exaggerate curves and accentuate a small waist. In design, Lindberg and others introduced their own New Look into furnishings and décor. Sculptural shapes and patterns inspired by organic shapes transformed utilitarian pieces to works of art. Lindberg’s manipulation and abstraction of the natural world is apparent in the pattern of the organic forms springing forward in this print.