For centuries tapestries were an important part of the European artistic tradition. By the end of the 19th century, however, the form had lost favor and it was only in the second half of the 20th century that a new vitality stimulated the reemergence of this medium.
One of the major figures responsible for the resurgence of this monumental art form is Helena Hernmarck. Trained in Europe, she worked in London for a number of years before moving her studio to the United States in the late 1970s. She continues to be actively involved in the international art world, doing private commissions, public installations and museum exhibitions.
The inspiration for this 11-foot tapestry depicting a small American town came from an aerial photograph by William Garnett. The acquisition of this impressive work not only adds to the Institute's important tapestry holdings, but contributes a new dimension to our growing collection of 20th century textile art.