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Marc Saint-Saëns

Le faune (the faun)



Tapestry woven in the Baudonnet workshop.
Complete with certificate.


Lurçat approached Saint-Saëns, originally a painter of murals, in 1940. And during the war the latter produced the first of his allegorical masterpieces, tapestries reflecting indignation, combat, resistance : “les Vierges folles (the foolish virgins), “Thésée et le Minotaure” (Theseus and the Minotaur). At the end of the war, as a natural development he joined up with Lurçat, whose convictions he shared (concerning a simplified palette, outlined cartoons with colours indicated by pre-ordained numbers, and the specific nature of tapestry design…) at the A.P.C.T. (Association des Peintres-cartonniers de Tapisserie). His universe, where the human figure, stretched, elongated, ooccupies an important place (particularly when compared to his companions Lurçat or Picart le Doux), pivots around traditional themes : woman, the Commedia dell’arte, Greek mythology… refined by the brilliance of the colours and the simplification of the layout. His work would evolve later, in the 1960’s, towards cartoons of a more lyrical design, almost abstract where elemental and cosmic forces would dominate.


« The faun » showcases Saint-Saëns’s two major centres of interest: music, heredity will out (it can be noted that he produced in the same year, 1950, “l’après-midi d’un faune”), and the great Greco-Roman myths : this joyfully leaping figure, half-human, half-animal, would prove to be a great success as the cartoon would be woven 12 times.


Bibliography :
Exhibition catalogue Saint-Saëns, galerie La Demeure, 1970
Exhibition catalogue Saint-Saëns, the tapestries, Aubusson, Musée départemental de la Tapisserie, 1987
Exhibition catalogue Marc Saint-Saëns, tapestries, 1935-1979, Angers, Musée Jean Lurçat et de la Tapisserie Contemporaine 1997-1998


SKU: dd4729902a34 Category:


Hauteur : 176 cm

Largeur : 143 cm

Prix : Between 5,000 and 10,000€

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