Aubusson tapestry woven by the Goubely workshop.
With certificate of origin n° 1 of 1.
Michel Tourlière, through both his production and his official responsibilities, was one of the leading lights of the renewal of the art of tapestry in the XXth century. Trained at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Toulière met Lurçat as early as 1945, designed his first cartoon « le vigneron » (the winegrower) in 1946 (in the same year he moved to Aubusson), became a founder member of the APCT (Association des Peintres-Cartonniers de Tapisserie) in 1947. After this explosive start to his career, he became a teacher at the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs in Aubusson, then its director in 1960 before becoming the director of the Paris school in 1970, while at the same time creating the ministerial delegation of artistic creativity at the Ministry of Culture. Despite his heavy official responsibilities (which paved his way to numerous public commissions), Tourlière designed many cartoons (around 300) in a lyrical abstract style, a personal transcription from nature, comprising simplified, ridged (irregular weaving technique) shapes (scrolls, circles…) in warm colours redolent of autumn (orange, red, brown) which give an undulating relief effect.
This particular cartoon is unusual in that, in the centre of a “classic” Tourlière tapestry (abstract forms, characteristic stripes) we see the original logo of the French television channel TF1 dating from the early seventies. The channel, still a public one at the time, must have commissioned this cartoon from Tourlière, an “official” artist with an exemplary career. The cartoon was undoubtedly woven in different sizes because it can be seen in photographs (on one occasion it appears behind the journalist Roger Gicquel ) on a completely different scale.
Exhibition Catalogue Tourlière, Tapisseries, dessins 1945-1992, Angers, Musée Jean Lurçat et de la Tapisserie Contemporaine, Aubusson, Musée Départemental de la Tapisserie, 1992-1993