Les fleurs se déchaînent (Floral rage)
Tapestry woven in the Baudonnet workshop.
With label n°1/6, and signed band.
After a 1962 canvas.
When measured against the 60 year span of André Masson’s creativity, the interest that he expressed for the art of the tapestry came somewhat late and remains anecdotal. In the 1960’s, Masson became of an artist of some notoriety in official circles :notably being commissioned for the decor of the ceiling of the Theatre de l’Odéon. At the same time, the Manufactures Nationales were communicating their interest for the work of noted contemporary artists, however this praiseworthy undertaking required the intercession of someone in the know to undertake the highly technical transfer of painting to tapestry : once again it was Pierre Baudouin who would step into the breach and elaborate the cartoons of Masson’s work, inspired by the works already woven by the Gobelins in Beauvais and in Aubusson (“Sortilèges”).
Despite being the reproduction (and enlargement) of a canvas dating from 1962 (recently sold by Sotheby’s NY, 10/05/2016, lot n°191), this cartoon was most probably woven by the Baudonnet workshop at Groslay (particularly renowned for its weaving of works by Picart le Doux) in the 1970’s : it is in any case a worthy witness to the technical finesse required by the transposition to tapestry of a lyrical abstract painting.