Thursday, February 7, 2013

WIld Tapestries

Eaux profondes, 1960

Jean Picart le Doux was a French painter, illustrator and one of the most productive tapestry designers
 of the 20th century. He was born in Paris in 1902, the son of painter Charles Picart le Doux,
 and after studying art made his debut in bookbinding and publishing. During the 1930s he turned to advertising 
and graphic design, working in a style influenced by Cassandre and other great French poster artists
 of the time. In 1942 he won the Grand Prix of the theater poster. 

 In 1939 Picart le Doux met Jean Lurçat, the most important figure in the renaissance of French tapestry
 in the early 20th century (blog post to follow)At the time Lurçat had settled in Aubusson
 at the request of the French Ministry of National Education to create a new center for tapestry design
 and productionThe two men became close associates, and in 1943 le Doux created his first tapestry cartoons
  for the passenger ship “la Marseillaise”. In 1947, together with Marc Saint-Saëns, they founded
 the Association of Tapestry Cartoon-Painters to promote the revival of tapestry design. 

Le Chalut, 1952 

This group of artists shared the same theories and aesthetics. They believed that tapestries
 should be original works of art rather than copies of paintingsTheir works utilized a limited color palette
 and symbolic subject matterThey were conceived for hanging on walls and specific architectural spaces,
 and were often commissioned by the state to be showcased in in embassies, museums, schools and public buildings.


Flore des Tropiques, 1961

Le Chant du Matin, 1965 ca.

Picart le Doux designed over four hundred original tapestries during his lifetime. He also continued
 to work as a commercial artist, and during the 1950s designed a series of posters for the French Tourist Office.
 In 1951 he was one of the founding fathers of ​​the Alliance Graphique Internationale with Jean Colin,
 Jacques Nathan Garamond, Fritz Bühler and Donald Brun, and became the association's first president. 

He also produced lithographs, and Illustrated deluxe editions and artist books by major French authors 
including Jean Cocteau, Verlaine, Baudelaire Apollinaire, and Colette. Picart le Doux had many exhibitions
 throughout his life (he died in 1982), and his works can be found in the collections 
of numerous museums in France and abroad.

Aquarium, lithograph

La Tortue, lithograph, 1962 

Owl from Apollinaire's Bestiaire


  1. Thank you for sharing these beautiful tapestries. It is unusual to see someone feature tapestries. I love your blog. It is wonderful looking at all of this art that I would never have found on my own. I found you through "The Art Room Plant". I am a tapestry weaver...

    I linked to your blog so tapestry weavers can enjoy the images.

  2. Thanks Ringadal,
    I'd love to find out more interesting animal tapestries for the Animalarium!
    And since I know little about the field, I am very open to suggestions....



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