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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE PHILADELPHIA COLLECTION

Jean Lurçat
“LE GÉANT”
Estimate
60,00080,000
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47

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE PHILADELPHIA COLLECTION

Jean Lurçat
“LE GÉANT”
Estimate
60,00080,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Important Design

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Jean Lurçat
“LE GÉANT”
woven Lurçat 1929
wool
129 x 77 in. (327.6 x 195.6 cm)
1929
in collaboration with the weaver Marthe Hennebert
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Provenance

Acquired by the present owner, circa 1970s

Literature

Gérard Denizeau, Jean Lurçat, Paris, 2013, p. 73 (for the present lot illustrated)

Catalogue Note


Sotheby's would like to thank Xavier Hermel and the Fondation Jean et Simone Lurçat for their assistance with the cataloguing of this lot, which will be included in the foundation's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's tapestries. 



Jean Lurçat (1892-1966), a true Renaissance man with a wide-ranging artistic practice, is best remembered for his radical and modern reinterpretation of the art of tapestry. Working in close dialogue with contemporary movements like Cubism and Surrealism, Lurçat created large-scale tapestries imbued with the colors and deconstructed compositions often associated with the work of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. Le Géant is a remarkable early example of a tapestry executed in collaboration with his partner in work and life, Marthe Hennebert. Le Géant displays many attributes associated to Lurçat’s pictorial production in the second half of the 1920s: blank silhouettes, architectural ruins, and desolated landscapes, which denote a certain pessimism prophesizing the tragedies of the decade to follow. Many of the visual elements found here—giant, contorted figures, the sporadic use of bright colors, and an intuitive sense of proportions—became recurrent artistic devices in Lurçat’s later works, making Le Géant a particularly defining creation within the artist’s rich artistic career.

Important Design

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