Bouquet de pivoines (bouquet of peonies)
Aubusson tapestry woven by Brignolas, at the Ecole Nationale d’Art Décoratif
Sought out by Marius Martin to design cartoons for the Ecole Nationale d’Art Décoratif in Aubusson (at the same time as Lebasque or Vera), as well as in Beauvais, Louis Valtat, who was considered at the time one of the great names of French painting (having been a successor to the Nabis, before being seen as a precursor of the Fauves, without ever disowning any work in either style) designed (a small number of) tapestries for the Salon of 1922 and then for the pavilion of the ENAD in Aubusson for the International Exhibition of Decorative Arts in 1925.
This tapestry is a replica of the one which was used on the firescreen, with a metal frame designed by Pierre Chareau, for that same exhibition. Because of Marius Martin’s request for a limited palette, Valtat’s style, which relies on textural variation, is, despite the well-delineated splashes of colour, difficult to render ; Martin whose desire was to distance Tapestry from the mere imitation of Painting, was not yet able to fully realise his ambitions as his pictorial choices were not always ideally suited to being transposed to the medium of weaving.
Exhibition Catalogue Tapisseries 1925, Cité de la Tapisserie, Aubusson, 2012, ill. p.128