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Jean PICART LE DOUX

Pégase et la mer (Pegasus and the sea)

 

 

Aubusson tapestry woven in the Henry workshop.
Complete with certificate of origin signed by the artist n° 1 of 1.
Circa 1980.

 

Jean Picart le Doux is one of the foremost figures in the renaissance of the art of tapestry. His earliest contributions to the field date back to 1943 when he designed cartoons for the passenger ship “la Marseillaise”. A close associate of Lurçat, whose theories he would adopt (limited palette, numbered cartoons…), he was a founding member of the A.P.C.T. (Association des Peintres-cartonniers de Tapisserie), and soon after, a teacher at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. The state gave him several commissions most of them at the Aubusson workshop, and some at the Gobelins : the most spectacular of these being for the University of Caen, the Theatre in Le Mans, the passenger ship France or the Prefecture of the Creuse département … In as much as Picart le Doux’s aesthetic is close to that of Lurçat, so also is his insipiration and his subject matter, although in a register which is more decorative than symbolic, where he brings together heavenly bodies (the sun, the moon, the stars…), the elements, nature (wheat, vines, fish, birds…), man, literary quotation …

 

The theme of Pegasus already appears in a cartoon from 1968 (Bruzeau n°167). In this spectacular cartoon the winged horse, rearing against tufted grass, symbolising the earth, is circled by the sun. Should we understand the horse itself or the eponymous constellation? The fish, evoking the sea, appear amid their usual vertical blue waves shapes. Picart le Doux had long been a specialist of these synthetic designs incorporating differing elements, planets and concepts in an organised fusion.

 

Bibliographie :
Maurice Bruzeau, Jean Picart le Doux, Murs de soleil, Editions Cercle d’art, 1972

 

 

Bibliography :
Maurice Bruzeau, Jean Picart le Doux, Murs de soleil, Editions Cercle d’art, 1972
Exhibition catalogue Jean Picart le Doux, Musée de la poste, 1980, n°30