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Robert WOGENSKY

Solstice

 

Aubusson tapestry woven in the Legoueix workshop.
With signed label, n°1/6.
1962.

 

A member of the A.P.C.T. (Association des Peintres-Cartonniers de Tapisserie), Wogensky is one of the many artists who would follow in Lurçat’s footsteps immediately after the war. At first influenced by his predecessor, Wogensky’s subsequent work (159 cartoons according to the 1989 exhibition catalogue) would evolve during the 1960’s towards a, not completely self-avowed, lyrical abstraction, from cosmic-astronomical themes expressed in decomposed, moving, birdlike shapes to cartoons both more refined and less dense. Although always claiming to be a painter, the artist’s conception of tapestry is extremely well thought out : “the realisation of a mural cartoon…. requires the consideration of a space which is no longer ours alone, by the nature of its dimensions, its scale, it also imposes a grand gesture which transforms and accentuates our presence.”

 

« Solstice » is the proof of Woginsky’s passion for Nature : here flowers (« Flore » is another cartoon dating from 1961 which is close in inspiration to this particular example) are associated with a singular cosmic event (it is probably a reference to the summer solstice). This cosmos is a subject that Woginsky would explore extensively in the years to come.

 

 

Bibliography :
Exhibition catalogue Robert Wogensky, Aubusson, Musée départemental de la tapisserie, 1989
Exhibition catalogue Robert Wogensky, Angers, Musée Jean Lurçat et de la Tapisserie Contemporaine, 1989