Alexander Calder (United States,1898 – 1976)
Signed “Calder” and numbered “1/1”
Wool tapestry handwoven by Yvette Cauquil-Prince 169 x 283 cm
Condition: Perfect condition without restoration Provenance: Private collection, France
About Yvette Cauquil-Prince (Belgium, 1928 – 2005)
Yvette Cauquil-Prince was a Belgian-born weaver and master craftswoman who created tapestries in direct collaboration with renowned 20th-century artists and/or their estates. She is best known for her association with the artist Marc Chagall, which resulted in over 40 tapestries. She attended the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts (ARBA) in Belgium, but her mastery of tapestry weaving was largely self- taught, inspired by her study of Coptic textiles and tapestries from the Renaissance and Middle Ages.
Yvette started weaving tapestries in 1959, working with the CoBrA artist Asger Jorn, and for Pierre Wemaere – she worked for them until 1961. Since 1961, she worked as a master weaver for Alexander Calder, Emile Hecq, Xavier Lalane, Roberto Matta, Jean Piaubert, Nicki de Saint Phalle and Michel Seuphor.
She established her first studio in Paris in the late 1950s and later worked in Corsica. In 1963, Marie Cuttoli employed Cauquil-Prince to weave Picasso tapestries, under the condition that she would remain in the background and never meet the artist personally. One of these tapestries, La Fermière, is now in the Picasso Museum at Antibes.
Since 1967, she produced tapestries for the greatest artists of the 20th century, such as Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Max Ernst, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Roberto Matta, Henry Miller and Pablo Picasso. She had a special relation with Marc Chagall, and produced monumental tapestries for him. In all, she produced about 80 tapestries, of those about 25 for Marc Chagall, ten for Max Ernst, and seven for Fernand Léger.
Cauquil-Prince was awarded the Chevalier of the Ordre national du Mérite in 1977 by the French government.