Etoiles de mer (starfish)
Aubusson tapestry woven by the Berthaut workshop.
Complete with signed label, n°2/6.
Jean Picart le Doux is one of the foremost figures in the renaissance of the art of tapestry. His earliest contributions to the field date back to 1943 when he designed cartoons for the passenger ship “la Marseillaise”. A close associate of Lurçat, whose theories he would adopt (limited palette, numbered cartoons…), he was a founding member of the A.P.C.T. (Association des Peintres-cartonniers de Tapisserie), and soon after, a teacher at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. The state gave him several commissions most of them at the Aubusson workshop, and some at the Gobelins : the most spectacular of these being for the University of Caen, the Theatre in Le Mans, the passenger ship France or the Prefecture of the Creuse département … In as much as Picart le Doux’s aesthetic is close to that of Lurçat, so also is his inspiration and his subject matter, although in a register which is more decorative than symbolic, where he brings together heavenly bodies (the sun, the moon, the stars…), the elements, nature (wheat, vines, fish, birds…), man, literary quotation …
The sea and fishing are a recurrent preoccupation in Picart le Doux’s œuvre in 1952, the year in which he produced both « Chalut » and « Fruits de mer ». The decorative effect of the fishing net is here associated with Music, and the motif of the shellfish-bearing table is reminiscent of some of Lurçat’s designs.
Maurice Bruzeau, Jean Picart le Doux, Murs de soleil, Editions Cercle d’art, 1972, ill. n°40
Exhibition Catalogue, Jean Picart le Doux, tapisseries, Musée de Saint-Denis, 1976
Exhibition Catalogue Jean Picart le Doux, Musée de la Poste, 1980