Ruth Reeves (Fine Arts, Alumna)

Manhattan, (1930), furnishing fabric of block-printed cotton, made by W. & J. Sloane, New York
Image (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Symbols of modern New York—the skyscrapers, ships, airplanes, bridges, and roadways of Manhattan—collide in a Cubist collage on a printed textile, bringing principles of high art into fabric design. Reeves, an artist who advanced the classic style of American Moderne, learned the principles of Cubism from Fernand Leger, with whom she studied in Paris after attending Pratt.