Jean Lurçat

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Lurçat, Jean


Born July 1, 1892, in Bruyères, Vosges; died Jan. 6, 1966, in Saint-Paul-de-Vanse, Maritime Alps. French painter and tapestry designer instrumental in initiating the French revival of weaving tapestries. Brother of A. Lurçat.

Lurçat was basically a self-taught artist. Basing his work both on the traditions of the French gobelins and contemporary styles of decorative art, he tried to create impassioned and fantastic symbolic images (The Song of the World, 1957-63, in the Town Hall of the city of Angers). Lurçat’s tapestries, with their contrasts of bright pure colors and dark somber colors, their fractured forms, and their brittle vibrating contours, combine human figures, fantastic animal and plant forms, inscriptions, and heraldic emblems to create varied associations. The designer’s best tapestries were made at a factory in Aubusson. Lurçat also did book illustrations, ceramics, and theater design.


Roy, C. Jean Lurçat Geneva, 1957.
Tapisseries du Chant du monde. Preface by J. Lurcat. Annecy, 1963.
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Called "Le Poete", the work was created by French artist Jean Lurcat as homage to the Paul Eluard poem "Liberte".
In the nineteenth century, Rene Lalique, Alphonse Fouquet, and the Maison Vever produced brooches and necklaces that embodied elegant sophistication and technical brilliance, while in the twentieth century, artists such as Pablo Picasso and Alberto Giacometti joined jewelers like Jean Lurcat, Line Vautrin, and Claude Lalanne in creating works that interpret the body in deeply personal ways.
Numa destas suas obras (Figura 4) sente-se tambem a influencia de Jean Lurcat (1892-1966), principalmente na composicao, tanto pelo longo formato, como pelo tom escuro do fundo de onde surgem figuras luminosas, numa aproximacao a emblematica tapecaria Le Chant du Monde (1956-1965) de Jean Lurcat, exposta em 1966, um dos marcos da tapecaria artistica internacional.
They stretch from the Renaissance revival of the nineteenth century to the elegant lines of Art Nouveau and beyond, through to the playful naivety of modernist designs by Jean Lurcat and Line Vautrin.
Dentro de esta labor de rehabilitacion se encuentra el castillo de Plessis-Mace, al norte de Angers y clasificado como monumento historico en mayo de 1962, el Museo Jean Lurcat e incluso la abadia Fontevraud.
Strolling by the opening of an avant-garde art gallery, Jean Lurcat tapestries graced the walls, and Alexandre Calder created one of his trademark mobiles, on the spot, in front of a dazzled crowd.
Skirt suit created from three silkscreens based on the tapestry "La pluie et le beau temps" by Jean Lurcat, made by Corot (circa 1950).
The collection of 88 exhibition pieces includes works from artists Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Andre Masson, Jacques Lipchitz, Marcel Gromaire, Andre Lhote, Juan Gris and Jean Lurcat. The exhibition will be on view in Charlottesville through April 24 before traveling to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Va., Aug.
This vast altar of polished stone - a wedge-shaped piece on the top, surrounding it the church and also the tapestries of Jean Lurcat, tapestries made at Aubusson with religious themes.
The exhibition curator, Dirk Holger, a weaver as well as a tapestry expert, once worked with Jean Lurcat (1892-1966), a French painter and an important tapestry designer, who is credited with reviving the art of tapestry in modern France.
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