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Edmond DUBRUNFAUT

Feux du soir (Evening sparkles)

 

 

 

Aubusson tapestry woven in the Simone André workshop.
Complete with signed label.
Circa 1970.

 

 

Edmond Dubrunfaut can be considered as the great 20th century renovator of the Belgian tapestry tradition. He founded a weavers’ workshop in Tournai as early as 1942, then, in 1947, created the Centre de Rénovation de la Tapisserie de Tournai. He produced for various Belgian workshops (Chaudoir, de Wit,…) numerous cartoons destined notably to adorn Belgian embassies throughout the world. Moreover, Dubrunfaut was a teacher of monumental art forms at the Academie des Beaux-Arts de Mons from 1947 to 1978 and then, in 1979, contributed to the creation of the Fondation de la tapisserie, des arts du tissu et des arts muraux de Tournai, a veritable heritage centre for the art of the tapestry in Wallonie. His style, characterised by figuration, strong colour contrasts, draws direct inspiration from nature and animal life (as with Perrot, for example, this artist has a net predilection for birdlife).

 

Between a sunflower (a recurrent flower in Dubrunfaut’s work) and hazlenuts, scorning any reference to scale, the squirrels go about their business of procuring food : from this humdrum task, Dubrunfaut produces, by way of his title, a poetic effect in a dreamlike style.