Jean Lurçat

available in dumas limbach

About the artist

Jean Lurçat is a multifaceted artist: painter, poet, illustrator, he is passionate about the techniques of ceramics and tapestry of which he is the most illustrious representative of the 20th century. Born at Bruyères (Vosges)1 on July 1, 1892.

Jean Lurçat trained in the studio of Victor Prouvé, leader of the Ecole de Nancy, then came to immerse himself in the artistic and intellectual effervescence of Paris.

In the 1920s, he made a name for himself through his painting, in France and in the United States. He was one of the most significant artists of his time, while remaining on the fringes of contemporary aesthetic currents.

The decisive step in his career was reached when he appropriated the technique of heddle tapestry and became involved in the technique of the language of wool. He perceives the immense potential and the originality of this art.

Lurçat himself, and all the painters he trained in his wake, succeeded in gradually restoring prosperity to the Aubusson-Felletin workshops and raising their brilliance. We can now speak of a “renaissance of the tapestry”.

In 1964, Lurçat was elected member of the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris on February 19: stays in Greece and Mexico. On his return, he composed Ornamentos Sagrados, the tenth tapestry of Le Chant du Monde.

Jean Lurçat died on January 6, 1966, in Saint-Paul-de-Vence.