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Michel Tourlière

Vin de rubis (ruby wine)

 

 

Aubusson tapestry woven by the Picaud workshop.
With signed certificate of origin.
1952.

 

 

Michel Tourlière, through both his production and his official responsibilities, was one of the leading lights of the renewal of the art of tapestry in the XXth century. Trained at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Toulière met Lurçat as early as 1945, designed his first cartoon « le vigneron » (the winegrower) in 1946 (in the same year he moved to Aubusson), became a founder member of the APCT (Association des Peintres-Cartonniers de Tapisserie) in 1947. After this explosive start to his career, he became a teacher at the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs in Aubusson, then its director in 1960 before becoming the director of the Paris school in 1970, while at the same time creating the ministerial delegation of artistic creativity at the Ministry of Culture. Despite his heavy official responsibilities (which paved his way to numerous public commissions), Tourlière designed many cartoons (around 300) in a lyrical abstract style, a personal transcription from nature, comprising simplified, ridged (irregular weaving technique) shapes (scrolls, circles…) in warm colours redolent of autumn (orange, red, brown) which give an undulating relief effect.

 

Burgundy, vineyards and wine are leitmotivs in Tourlière’s work. “Vin de rubis”  is yet another piece that is inspired by the world of wine … the work is rhythmed by  circular and semi-circular movements deformed by splashes and scattered red, grey and blue shapes on a black background. This “vin de rubis” evokes the “shattering of  a nocturnal sun” (Pierre Cabanne in Tourlière rétrospective 1945-1985). Or being immersed in a wine-tasting goblet.

 

 

Bibliography :
J. Cassou, M. Damain, R. Moutard-Uldry, la tapisserie française et les peintres cartonniers, Tel, 1957, ill. p 137
Multi-authored, Le grand livre de la Tapisserie, Edita, 1965, ill. p.175
Exhibition catalogue rétrospective 1945-1985, Paris Arts Center, 1986, ill p.31
Exhibition Catalogue Tourlière, Tapisseries, dessins 1945-1992, Angers, Musée Jean Lurçat et de la Tapisserie Contemporaine, Aubusson, Musée Départemental de la Tapisserie, 1992-1993