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Dom ROBERT

Sans soucis (Carefree)

 

Aubusson tapestry woven in the Goubely workshop.
N°4/6.
1974.

 

A Benedictine monk and an illuminator, Dom Robert met Jean Lurçat in 1941 at the Abbey of En Calcat : while he never abandoned drawing (his watercolours, painted to life, would serve him as a reservoir of ideas for his tapestries), his work as a cartoonist (he was a member of the A.P.C.T. from its inception) would take on a considerable importance (at least a hundred cartoons, all numbered) and would be highly thought of.  His immediately recognisable style, absence of  perspective¸motifs inspired from the natural world (in a Paradisiac style) where stylised flora and fauna combine in a festive and extrovert exuberance, where the influence of mediaeval tapestry can be clearly felt ; poetic and colourful, Dom Robert’s cartoons are the incarnation of their author’s spiritual asceticism.

Inaugurated in the Spring of 2015, the musée Dom Robert opened its doors in in the monastery-school in Sorèze in the department of the Tarn.

 

« Sans soucis » is a detail (approximately the bottom right-hand quarter) of the spectacular tapestry « Open field » (over 12 m2 ) which was a commission by the lycée agricole in Angers. Here we find in the same way but on a smaller scale, all the profusion of Nature (animals, flowers and vegetation) so characteristic of this artist (ever since “l’herbe haute”  in 1961), and present in the watercolours painted on his walking tours in the Montagne Noire.

 

Bibliography :
Multi-authored, Dom Robert, Tapisseries, Editions Julliard, 1980
Multi-authored, Dom Robert, Tapisseries, Editions Siloë-Sodec, 1990
Exhibition Catalogue, Dom Robert, œuvre tissé, Angers, Musée Jean Lurçat et de la tapisserie contemporaine, 1990
Exhibition Catalogue, Hommage à Dom Robert, Musée départemental de la tapisserie, Aubusson, 1998
Multi-authored, la clef des champs, Dom Robert, Editions Privat, 2003
S. Guérin-Gasc, Plein champ, Editions Privat, 2011
Multi-authored, les saisons de Dom Robert, Tapisseries, Editions Hazan, 2014