Soleil sur la colline (Sun on the hill)
Aubusson tapestry woven by the Picaud workshop.
With signed label, n°EA.
“First of all I like wool, its warmth…In tapestry, I can use both colour and graphic design” wrote the artist in “Sculpture”, Paris, 1968. Better known as a sculptor, Gilioli would design his first cartoon in 1949, before winning in 1957 the Tapestry Prize at the Biennial in Sao Paulo ; in all he designed around a hundred tapestries, woven by the Pinton and Picaud workshops.
« Soleil sur la colline » reveals to what extent Gilioli’s style could be austere in some of his tapestry cartoons : geometric purity (including the recurrent disc motif) in black and white ; one could also see here a stylised evocation of the landscapes around the city of Grenoble, which were so dear to the artist. This motif also exists as a sculpture.
Exhibition catalogue Gilioli, galerie La Demeure, 1971
Exhibition catalogue Des sculpteurs et la Tapisserie, Angers, Musée Jean Lurçat et de la Tapisserie Contemporaine, 1995, p 45 and foll.
Exhibition catalogue Gilioli Tapisseries, Paris, Fondation Dina Vierny, 1997