Aubusson tapestry woven in the Pinton workshop.
With signed label.
With a taste for the large-scale, influenced by Untersteller at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Hilaire undertook numerous mural paintings. In the same vein, beginning in 1949, along with a number of other artists stimulated by Lurçat, (he would join the latter at the A.P.C.T. Association des Peintres-Cartonniers de Tapisserie) he designed a number of cartoons some of which were woven at Beauvais or at Les Gobelins.
We can recognise his cubism-influenced figurative style ( which on occasion approaches abstraction) in his cartoon designs for tapestry : “La Forêt” is in effect a separately woven fragment of a larger piece “Forêt de France”, a 10 metre tapestry which hung in the 1st class saloon of the ocean liner “France”, in which shapes and colours are fragmented in a kaleidoscopic style.
Exhibition catalogue Hilaire, œuvre tissé, galerie Verrière, 1970 (ill.)
Exhibition catalogue, du trait à la lumière, Musée Départemental Georges de la Tour at Vic-sur-Seille, 2010.