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Ophélie (Ophelia)


Aubusson tapestry woven in the Goubely workshop.
Complete with signed label, n°2/6.

« 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 desingne 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 a few  cartoons taking a bird 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).

“Troïlus et Cresssida” est donc aussi archétypique de l’oeuvre tissée de Prassinos que “Conte d’hiver”, et ce d’autant plus qu’il  “illustre” ici une oeuvre de Shakespeare (il y aura aussi “Macbeth”, “Othello”, “King Lear”,…). S’il a réalisé de nombreux décors scéniques (notamment pour le TNP), le lien tapisserie-théâtre apparaît à Prassinos comme une évidence : “La grande tapisserie fait penser au théâtre….Elle est discours et solennité. Ce n’est pas un hasard si certaines de mes grandes tapisseries portent le nom de tragédies shakespeariennes” (cité dans Cat. Exp. Mario Prassinos, tapisseries monumentales, Arles, 1974).


« Ophelia » is thus as completely representative of Prassinos’s work as “Hamlet”, all the more because it « illustrates » a work by Shakespeare (there will also be « Macbeth », « Othello » « King Lear »…) Prassinos designed several theatre sets (particularly for the TNP), and for him the link between tapestry and the theatre was self-evident : “A large scale tapestry is reminiscent of the theatre.. It is solemn and has a story to tell. The fact that some of my large tapestries are named after Shakespearean tragedies is not an accident” (quoted in the exhibition catalogue Mario Prassinos, tapisseries monumentales, Arles 1974).


Bibliography :
Exhibition catalogue Mario Prassinos, tapisseries monumentales, Abbaye de Montmajour, Arles, 1974
Exhibition catalogue Mario Prassinos, Tapisseries , Aubusson, Musée départemental de le Tapisserie, 1984
Exhibition catalogue Prassinos, Tapisseries, Angers, Musée Jean Lurçat et de la Tapisserie Contemporaine, 1988


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Hauteur : 130 cm

Largeur : 315 cm

Prix : Between 10,000€ and 25,000€

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