Soleil couchant (Sunset)
Aubusson tapestry woven in the Pinton workshop.
With signed label, n°2/6.
With a taste for the large-scale, influenced by Untersteller at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Hilaire undertook numerous mural paintings. In the same vein, beginning in 1949, along with a number of other artists stimulated by Lurçat, (he would join the latter at the A.P.C.T. Association des Peintres-Cartonniers de Tapisserie) he designed a number of cartoons some of which were woven at Beauvais or at Les Gobelins.
« Sunshine in the reeds », « sunset », …, these titles bear witness to the fact that this motif is a common one in this artist’s work (not to mention those cartoons where the sun figures, but not in the title : « Camargue » for example) : these motifs allow for a play on light and contrast, and the use of perspective in an unusual way for the time in tapestry design.
Exhibition catalogue Hilaire, œuvre tissé, galerie Verrière, 1970
Exhibition catalogue, du trait à la lumière, Musée Départemental Georges de la Tour at Vic-sur-Seille, 2010.