Discours sur la nuit bleue (Exploration of the blue night)
Aubusson tapestry woven in the Picaud workshop.
With signed label, n°1/6.
A multi-talented artist, at one and the same time, painter, writer, critic, theorist and art historian, Seuphor moved among the Parisian avant-garde of the 1920’s : he founded the group ‘Cercle et Carré” which took as its philosophy the principles of the neo-plasticism of Mondrian – with whom he was closely associated – and he was always at the forefront of the movement for abstract geometrical art.
In the 1950’s he developed his “dessins à lacunes à traits horizontaux” or “drawings with spaced horizontal lines” for which he is principally known as an artist. It is from these works that his tapestries developed, woven in the Manufactures Nationales at the end of the 1960’s.
“Exploration of the blue night” can equally be seen in this light where black horizontal lines of varying density contrast with plain areas, creating a tension between filled and empty space, alternating colours which can be said to be the essence of neo-plasticism.
Jacques Fadat, la tapisserie d’Aubusson, Géhan, 1992, ill. p.50