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René PERROT

La vague (the wave)

Aubusson tapestry woven by the Pinton workshop.
Complete with certificate of origin.
Circa 1960.

 

 

 

 

Perrot began his career as a cartoon designer at the end of the war, making almost 500 cartoons including numerous commissions from the state, most of which were woven at Aubusson. His style which is particularly rich and decorative is eminently recognisable : a crowd of butterflies or birds, most often, stands out against a background of vegetation, reminiscent of the millefleurs tapestries (which would also inspire Dom Robert).

 

This tapestry, (parlante, rare in Perrot’s work) mixes with the ornithological repertoire often encountered in this artist’s work, the sea and fish, associating natural elements (air and water) :  forces both centripetal and centrifugal swirl around the central wave, scattering the swarming decorative motifs. This particular theme is relatively frequent in Perrot’s work : a “Vague” (wave)  measuring  12m2 was the result of a state commission and other  similarly-themed cartoons  can be found in the book dedicated to the artist’s work published in 1982 : “dans les embruns” ocean spray (illustrated p 27) “Fleurs d’écume” Flowers of foam (illustrated p 133), …

 

Bibliography :
Tapisseries, dessins, peintures, gravures de René Perrot, Dessein et Tolra, 1982