Ombres abbatiales (abbey shades)
Aubusson tapestry woven in the Legoueix workshop.
Certificate of origin signed by the artist n° 1 of 1.
With preparatory model, gouache and collage, 41 x 43 cm.
A pupil of Wogensky at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués, Sautour-Gaillard had his first cartoon woven in 1971 by the Legoueix workshop (a collaboration which was to last), and from then on he designed many very large-scale projects of which the most spectacular was “Pour un certain idéal” a series of 17 tapestries dealing with the theme of Olympianism (property of the Musée de l’Olympisme in Lausanne). If at first close to lyrical abstraction, the artist produced in the 1990’s cartoons superimposing different decorative motifs, textures and figures whose unity originated in the woven texture itself.
From the mid 1990’s, Sautour-Gaillard’s work took a new direction : to his taste for lyrical abstraction he joined an interest for textiles (which he had begun collecting : Copt and Peruvian textiles, kilims…, and used in association to create collages) coupled with a wider reflection on Art : fragments cut out of art books are used to irrigate his designs, thus allowing oiginal confrontations of texture, motif, origin and influence …
D. Cavelier, Jean-René Sautour-Gaillard, la déchirure, Lelivredart, 2013, ill. p.122