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Mario PRASSINOS

Troilus et Cressida

 

 

Aubusson tapestry woven in the Goubely workshop.
Complete with certificate of origin signed by the artist n° 1 of 4.
1965.

 

« I became interested in the art of tapestry particularly because I was excited by the numbered cartoon technique consisting of the fabrication of a mental coloured image using a code…. Tapestry is an essential exercise. As I practised it, it is perhaps the desire to interrogate, down to the finest detail, a work which exists in two dimensions.” (quoted in the exhibition  catalogue, Prassinos, rétrospective de l’oeuvre peint et dessiné, Puyricard, 1983). So much for the artist’s manifesto.  Prassinos desingne his first cartoons in 1951 (most of which, around 150, would be woven in the Goubely workshop); then he joined the A.P.C.T. (Association des Peintres-Cartonniers de Tapisserie). After a few  cartoons taking a bird theme, Prassinos, like several other artists, despite being close to Lurçat, (Matégot, Wogensky…) turned resolutely towards abstraction, in a very personal style where sinuous shapes entwine in contrasting colours (often following a scheme of black-red-brown-beige).

 

« Troilus et Cressida » is thus as completely representative of Prassinos’s work as « Conte d’hiver’ (The Winter’s Tale) all the more because it « illustrates » a work by Shakespeare (there will also be « Macbeth », « Othello » « King Lear »…) Prassinos designed several theatre sets (particularly for the TNP), and for him the link between tapestry and the theatre was self-evident : “A large scale tapestry is reminiscent of the theatre.. It is solemn and has a story to tell. The fact that some of my large tapestries are named after Shakespearean tragedies is not an accident” (quoted in the exhibition catalogue Mario Prassinos, tapisseries monumentales, Arles 1974).

 

Bibliography :
Exhibition Cat. Prassinos, galerie la Demeure, 1973 (ill.n°67)
Exhibition Cat. Prassinos, Tapisseries monumentales, abbaye de Montmajour, Arles, 1974
Exhibition Cat. Mario Prassinos, Tapisseries , Aubusson, Musée départemental de la Tapisserie, 1984 (ill. p.9)
Exhibition Cat. Prassinos, Tapisseries, Angers, Musée Jean Lurçat et de la Tapisserie Contemporaine, 1988
Exhibition Cat. Prassinos, dessin et tapisseries, Château Comtal de Carcassonne, 1992 (ill.)