Garden of Eden Vintage Tapestry by Barbara Rae Schaefer 48572
“Garden of Eden” Vintage Tapestry by Barbara Rae Schaefer, Country of Origin: United States, Circa date: Late 20th Century — This bright and abstract antique tapestry uses an impressive variety of colors and forms to captivate the viewer’s attention. A bright background of sky blue defines the primary colors while an eclectic collection of other hues stand out against it. Rich red, soft pink, fiery tangerine and bright yellow tones all add their own unique effects to this beautiful and modernist vintage Barbara Rae Schaefer tapestry. As the viewer’s gaze is drawn from one bright shape to the other, they can notice numerous little details present throughout, each made clearer by the darker instances of negative space skillfully used between the freely dancing and moving lines.
Titled Garden of Eden, the artist states that the piece is “inspired by the newly created world on earth as described in the Book of Genesis, where all creatures inhabit a Garden of Eden filled with joy and wonder and beauty”. The colorful, abstracted shapes in this tapestry make for a charming take on this classic old testament story.
Barbara Rae Schaefer is a New York City artist who explores the essence of life, time and space through her abstract tapestries. These works take the viewer on a thought-provoking journey through ideas and emotions. Her work portrays a universe in constant motion, inspired by linear Aramaic and Chinese calligraphic scripts seeking to make order out of chaos.
Ms. Schaefer is an internationally known artist who has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums both in the United States and abroad and has represented America at the Salomne D’Autumne in Paris, France. Her work was shown at the City Hall of Oslo, Norway, site of the annual Nobel Peace Prize Awards Ceremony and traveled to Rome, Italy to be on view during the week of mourning for Pope John Paul II. Another piece “Encountering the Second Commandment” now resides in the permanent collection of the American Jewish Museum in Pittsburgh.