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textile printing, jews, holocaust, Jewish in art, textile industry, Jewish textile fabrics, Brewer Family, Carl Breuer and Sons, artists' books


1 volume, 22 unnumbered pages. Title provided by publisher. Edition of 100 numbered copies. Artist's book consisting of a swatch book structure with screw post. Polymer plate/letterpress-printed images are based on rubbings that the artist created from the source material; additional woodcut-printed imagery is used as well. "Published in 2018 by the San Francisco Center for the Book as part of the Small Plates Program. The woodcuts were designed and laser engraved by the artist and printed at both SFCB and the University of Oregon."--Colophon. "For the last two years, I have been producing printed works on paper and fabric which explore the visual legacy of Carl Breuer and Sons (CB&S), my Jewish family's former textile printing business. In 1942 CB&S was lost as a result of a forced sale to Nazi Party members, the Breuer family fled Europe, and those who remained were killed. After traveling to the Czech Republic and accessing a previously unknown cache of CB&S material housed at the Czech Textile Museum in Česka Skalice in 2016, I used the swatch books and printed textiles I found there as a nucleus of primary source material and I embarked on a reclamation project."--Artist's statement provided by publisher. The business of Carl Breuer & Sons was originally established in 1897 in Bohemia. The CB&S patterns used as the basis for the designs in Noah Breuer's book were originally intended for use on household textiles, such as tablecloths and handkerchiefs. After appropriation by the Nazis in 1939, the CB&S factory was used to print thousands of the yellow "Jude" star badges, which became emblematic of Jewish oppression.

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[San Francisco] : San Francisco Center for the Book, 2018.


©Breuer, Noah. San Francisco, CA. San Francisco Center for the Book, 2018.

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letterpress printing; woodcut (process); woodcuts (prints); paper


10 x 10 cm

CB&S Swatch Book



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