Aubusson tapestry woven by the Pinton workshop.
Complete with certificate of origin n° 6 of 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 insipiration 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 theme of the seasons is a classic in the history of tapestry which was enthusiastically ressuscitated by the 20th century cartoon artists, of whom Lurçat was foremost (cf his Seasons wall hanging commissioned by the state in 1939). For Picart le Doux the inspiration is two-fold : Nature obviously but also Music ; “l’Hiver” (Winter) an allegorical treatment of the theme and one of the best-known works of this artist dates from 1950, but it is the “Hommage à Vivaldi” (Homage to Vivaldi) from 1963, with its 4 seasons represented in symbolic fashion by coloured suns, featuring symbols from the zodiac and fronds of vegetation that is the source of this cartoon where the motifs are reworked in a horizontal format.
Maurice Bruzeau, Jean Picart le Doux, Murs de soleil, Editions Cercle d’art, 1972