Tapis de fleurs (carpet of flowers)
Aubusson tapestry woven in the A. G. Workshop.
Mounted and framed.
Elie Maingonnat governed the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs d’Aubusson from 1930 until 1958 where he took over from Marium Martin (who already recommended the use of a limited number of colours and the use of hachures, a similar technique to hatching) of whom he was a pupil. As well as assuming the responsibilities of his position, Maingonnat devoted himself to designing cartoons : motifs of dense vegetation animated by the presence of a few animals, both of which were inspired by the flora and fauna of the Limousin area of France revitalising the traditional theme of greenery used in the XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries.
If we recognise that the colour scheme (mauve, yellowish-green…) is characteristic of the artist, the eminently decorative theme is strongly influenced by traditional seat covers. Irises replace the more usual brambles and undergrowth, animal subjects are absent – this is highly redolent of the artists who collaborated with the Compagnie des Arts Français. Perhaps, after all, this tapestry was intended as a seat cover, or a fire screen, which would explain its modest size and its later framing.