Someone You Should Know: Jean Lurcat

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Jean Lurçat (1 July 1892 – 6 January 1966) was a French artist noted for his role in the revival of contemporary tapestry. His works often featured recurring motifs such as nature, animals, and the cosmos, becoming increasingly ambitious and detailed over time. One of his most famous works, The Eighth Tapestry of the World’s Song (1957–1966), depicts an entire cosmology of ancient world mythical figures. He was born on July 1, 1892 in Bruyeres, France, and studied at the Académie Colarossi where his classmates included Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. In 1915, he participated in his first exhibition in Zürich, and in 1917, completed Filles Vertes and Soirée dans Grenade—his first major tapestry works. During the 1920s, the artist traveled around Europe, North Africa, and parts of Asia, making tapestries along the way on commission and becoming one of the first Western artists to exhibit in Soviet Russia.

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In 1938, he took up residence in Aubusson in order to renovate the art of tapestry, which at the time had fallen to a low point. His innovative technique used a simplified palette and robust weaving at broad point.

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Enthused by his creations in the field of textile and wallpaper, Pierre Frey suggested to the  Jean Lurcat and Simone Foundation to republish certain works of the artist. A capsule collection of  two linen fabrics and three wallpapers reproduced on the themes “Night Sun” and “Sirens” as a tribute to the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Jean Lurcat. The collection will be used for the decoration of the exhibition “Jean Lurcat, the only sound the Sun” in the Gobelins Gallery and will also be used to restore the house and workshop of the artist.

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