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Camille HILAIRE

Soleil couchant (Sunset)

 

Aubusson tapestry woven in the Pinton workshop.
With signed label, n°2/6.
Circa 1965.

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.

 

« Sunshine in the reeds », « sunset », …,  these titles bear witness to the fact that this motif is a common one in this artist’s work (not to mention those cartoons where the sun figures, but not in the title : « Camargue » for example) : these motifs allow for a play on light and contrast, and the use of perspective in an unusual way for the time in tapestry design.

 

 

Bibliography :
Exhibition catalogue Hilaire, œuvre tissé, galerie Verrière, 1970
Exhibition catalogue, du trait à la lumière, Musée Départemental Georges de la Tour at Vic-sur-Seille, 2010.