Aubusson tapestry woven in the Goubely workshop.
« I became interested in the art of tapestry particularly because I was excited by the numbered cartoon technique consisting of the fabrication of a mental coloured image using a code…. Tapestry is an essential exercise. As I practised it, it is perhaps the desire to interrogate, down to the finest detail, a work which exists in two dimensions.” (quoted in the exhibition catalogue, Prassinos, rétrospective de l’oeuvre peint et dessiné, Puyricard, 1983). So much for the artist’s manifesto. Prassinos designed his first cartoons in 1951 (most of which, around 150, would be woven in the Goubely workshop); then he joined the A.P.C.T. (Association des Peintres-Cartonniers de Tapisserie). After several cartoons taking birds as their theme, Prassinos, like several other artists, despite being close to Lurçat, (Matégot, Wogensky…) turned resolutely towards abstraction, in a very personal style where sinuous shapes entwine in contrasting colours (often following a scheme of black-red-brown-beige).
For Prassinos 1967 is an important year for the creation of cartoons : there will be 14 in all (only in 1966, which marks the peak of the artist’s interest in tapestry, will there be as many) of which Ariadne is one and another, Theseus, two complementary works (although of different formats). Prassinos is not nearly as taken with mythology and the classical Greek themes however as he is with Shakespearean theatrre.
Exhibition Catalogue Prassinos, Tapisseries monumentales, abbaye de Montmajour, Arles, 1974
Exhibition Catalogue Mario Prassinos, Tapisseries , Aubusson, Musée départemental de la Tapisserie, 1984
Exhibition catalogue Prassinos, Tapisseries, Angers, Musée Jean Lurçat et de la Tapisserie Contemporaine, 1988