|Eyre de Lanux by Carl Van Vechten|
Eyre de Lanux had attended the Art Students League in New York City from 1912-1915. She seemed destined for the comfortable, metropolitan life of a wealthy amateur painter and frequenter of New York salons, but it was wartime and she was a modern woman so she found herself a job, working for the Foreign Press Bureau. She was in some ways a twentieth century renaissance woman, with diverse talents including writing, illustration and fashion as well as painting and design. She first exhibited her painting and drawing in 1917, but by the late 1920’s she was better known as a designer of soft furnishings and one-off pieces of high quality modernist furniture, some created in close collaboration with English designer Evelyn Wyld, with whom she set up a workshop.
Eyre de Lanux’ designs have been recognised as highly innovative, using modern materials in new ways, for example a sculptural table created entirely by moulding heavyweight Linoleum. As a result, though there is no record of her in art history books, her name appears in the MOMA Encyclopaedia of Design.
Today her paintings are unknown and probably exist only in private collections. She is usually described as an art deco designer, though her work is severely modernist and her patterns abstract and usually geometric. From her first exhibition in 1917, Eyre de Lanux worked continually as a designer and artist until she lost her sight in the late 1980’s. She died at the age of 101.
the Eyre de Lanux papers in the Smthsonian Institute, Archive of American Arts
Betsy Falman, The Survivors: Eyre de Lanux - Women'a Art Journal
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