Jean Lurçat (1892-1966)
THE BEGINNING OF THE COLLECTION OF JEAN LURÇAT’S TAPESTRIES
Didier Marien, has been collecting Jean Lurçat’s works for many years.
In fact, Didier Marien met Jean Lurçat’s wife, Simone Andrée Marie-Louise Lurçat, and thanks to her he discovered the works of the great artist.
Didier Marien immediately noticed the originality and boldness that distinguish Jean Lurçat and decided to devote a large part of his collection to the artist.
The Boccara collection today presents a remarkable collection of the artist who proposed an epic, poetic, symbolic and humanistic vision of the 20th century through his works and who has become a key figure in the history of tapestry. All his tapestries are hand-made and every detail is carefully studied.
The Boccara Gallery is pleased to offer a panorama of the works of Jean Lurçat, an artist who has recently begun to be discovered for his undeniable talent and innovative works.
Jean Lurçat is known worldwide for his flamboyant and monumental creations.
His most famous work, The Song of the World (1957), was inspired by the Apocalypse tapestry woven in the 15th century. Before looking at his first canvases, the Vosges artist studied painting. Influenced by Matisse, Cézanne and Renoir, he became an apprentice in 1914 to the fresco painter Jean-Paul Lafitte. He then tried his hand at lithography and, from 1920, exhibited two tapestries at the Salon des Indépendants in Paris.
Jean Lurçat saw his popularity soar: he created the sets and costumes for several shows, such as ‘Celui qui reçoit des gifles’ (1921) by the Pitoëff company or ‘Jardin public’ (1933) by George Balanchine, and exhibited his work throughout Europe. In 1928, he embarked for the United States and participated five years later in the New York exhibition ‘Selections’ with Matisse, Picasso and Braque. In France, more than twenty establishments bear the name of this artist who has restored the nobility of tapestry.
“Jean Lurçat (1892-1966), At the sound of the sun” at Galerie des Gobelins
Creation of the Jean and Simone Lurçat Foundation.
Inauguration of the Jean-Lurçat Museum in Eppelborn (Saarland).
Inauguration of the new Jean Lurçat museum and contemporary tapestry in Angers.
Inauguration of the Jean Lurçat Center and the departmental Museum of Tapestry in Aubusson.
An exhibition of tapestries, including Le Chant du Monde, ceramics and jewelery is held at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Paris
Participates in the first International Biennale of Tapestry in Lausanne.
Large exhibition of the entire work of Jean Lurçat at the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris
One of his tapestries, Etoiles de Paris, is offered by the President of France to Sir Winston Churchill.
The exhibition “The French Tapestry from the Middle Ages to today” at the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris reveals the birth of a contemporary tapestry.
His first tapestry woven at the Manufacture Nationale des Gobelins, Les illusions d’Icare, offered by the French Government to the Queen of Holland.
Kunsthalle Bern, at the Salon des Independants
Tanner Gallery, Zurich