Definition of toile de Jouy in English:

toile de Jouy

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Pronunciation: /də ʒwiː


[mass noun]
  • A type of printed calico with a characteristic floral, figure, or landscape design on a light background.
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    • For those who preferred it, such a design could also be painted directly on paneling or printed on toile de Jouy.
    • The first section of this exhibition traces the path taken on his canvases by the toile de Jouy, a length of flower-printed cotton that brought Matisse to the brink of abstraction in the opening decade of the twentieth century.
    • At the far left of the photograph, taking its rightful place alongside Matisse's other possessions and draped over a frame, is the toile de Jouy - a textile that inspired so much of Matisse's art.


originally made at Jouy-en-Josas, near Paris.

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