Rose d’Inde et zinnia au vase hongrois sur fond rouge (Hungarian vase with African marigold and zinnia on a red background)
Tapestry woven by”LAtelier 3”.
Complete with certificate of origin, n°1/6.
André Brasilier introduced Bernard Cathelin to the weavers of L’atelier3 in 1973 : this would mark the beginning of a long collaboration which would result in the production of something over fifty different pieces. L’Atelier3, under the influence of the evolving techniques developed by “La Nouvelle Tapisserie” (particularly the development of volume and relief) came to specialise in the reproduction of paintings (d’Alechinsky, Arman, Jorn…).
Here is Frédérique Bachellerie, who co-founded the workshop, quoted in the catalogue produced for the Angers exhibition (pp 56-57) : “ We were able to enlarge Bernard Cathelin’s bouquets of flowers way beyond the usual scale. Bernard was always enthusiastic, the resulting tapestry “took over” the wall. As this artist applied oil paint with a knife, working successive layers, we were able to experiment the use of techniques producing the same effect of relief.”
In this piece, the monumental format and the effect of relief in the flowers are exemplary of the transpositions woven by l’Atelier3 from works by Cathelin.
Cathelin, 1919-2004, Tapisseries, Atelier3, catalogue raisonné, published by Thalia 2006, n°41-2
Exhibition catalogue Atelier3, Transpositions, Tapisseries 1972-2008, Angers, Musée Jean Lurçat et de la Tapisserie Contemporaine, 2008.