(courtesy of the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, donated by Penny Nii)

Known for his exploration of curved line, in this piece James’s use of light-dark curvilinear shapes echoes the rhythm of the bourée, a French dance from the seventeenth century famous for its sprightly double-time steps. Rhythms of the dance, reflected in this quilt, appealed to composers such as Handel and Chopin.
Cotton and rayon fabrics

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