Les algues vertes (green seaweed)
Tapestry woven by the Baudonnet workshop
Complete with signed certificate of origin n° 5 of 8
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 …
This tapestry appears under the number 164 in Maurice Bruzeau’s catalogue. Marine subjects are omnipresent in this artist’s work, from the very beginning (“seashells”, Bruzeau n° 3 created for the ocean liner “la Marseillaise”). Here the disposition is original : the band of seaweed on the left acts in counterpoint to the underwater still life arranged on a bed of seaweed, a world away from the dark marine “Profondeurs” (the deep, Bruzeau n° 123).
Maurice Bruzeau, Jean Picart le Doux, Murs de soleil, Editions Cercle d’art 1972