Midweek Modness: Arnold Blanch Scarf

Arnold Blanch Silk Screen Scarf

I fond this colourful scarf, signed Arnold Blanch, at the Woodbine Value Village on Sunday afternoon. I was immediately drawn to the vibrant imagery because it reminded me of medieval Tuscan hill towns (everything reminds me of Tuscany). A bit of quick Googling revealed that Blanch was an American Modernist painter, printer and illustrator. He went through a long social realist phase and worked for the WPA during the Depression. After WWII, he adopted a livlier, more abstract style and a brighter palette.

Somewhere along the way, in the late 1940s and early 1950s, he also created a line of silk screened scarves. He also created ceramics, ties, hooked rugs and Christmas wrapping paper. I think I might frame this work of art.