Jean Lurçat

(French, 1892 - 1966)

femme au balcon by jean lurçat

Jean Lurçat

Femme au Balcon, 1921

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fleurs, mer grise by jean lurçat

Jean Lurçat

Fleurs, mer grise, 1936

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Biografie

Chronologie

1892
Jean Lurçat was born in Bruyères. After attending high school in Epinal, his artistic formation gets underway at the workshop of Victor Prouvé, the director of the Ecole de Nancy where he receives training in fresco, drawing and booksbinding.
1912
Sets out for Paris and after several weeks at the Fine Art School, enrolls in the Académie Colorassi and in the studio of the engraver Bernard Naudin.
1913
With three friends, founds the Les Feuilles de Mai review.
1914
First work project with Jean Paul Lafitte in Marseilles. Travels to Italy.
1916
First exhibition at the Tanner Gallery of Zurich.
1920
Travels to Berlin, Munich, Rome, Naples, Palermo. Sets himself up at rue Nollet in Paris (18e) with Marthe Hennebert.
1921
Becomes friends with Pierre Chareau, Max Jacob, Louis Marcoussis. Discovers Picasso.
1922
Two exhibitions in Paris at the Povolotozky Gallery (gouaches) and at the Vildrac gallery. ( oils and watercolors). Large wall decoration for Edmond Bernheim at the Villeflix castle with Pierre Chareau ( architect of the « House of glass » .Fifth tapestry, « Le Cirque », for Marie Cuttoli’s salon.
1923 - 1924
Travels to Spain and spends time in North Africa, the Sahara, Greece and Minor Asia. Signs a non-exclusive contract with his friend , the art dealer Etienne Bignou.Marries Marthe Hennebert on December 15th.
1925
Moves to the house of his brother André, architect at 4, Villa Seurat in Paris (14th). Travels to Scotland, Spain, the Sahara.Shows his work in Paris at resp. the Georges Petit and Jeanne Bucher Galleries.Works for the realisation of the movie by Marcel L’Herbier « Le vertige », with an achitecture by R. Mallet-Stevens, decorated by Cavalcanti, Chareau, F. Léger with rugs and paintings by Lurçat.

Ausstellungen

1963 - 1964
Shows in Genova, Tel-Aviv, Annecy, hannover, Zurich, Morocco. One-man show of his tapestries at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris
1961 - 1962
Retrospective Exhibition, Stiebel Gallery, Paris, France (solo)
1960
One-man shows of his tapestries in Cologne and Bremen, Germany and in Lisbon, Portugal (solo)
1958
Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, France (solo)
1954
La Demeure, Paris, France (solo)
1953
Gimpel Gallery, London, UK
Musée Réattu, Arles, France
1949
50, Shows in Locarno, Italy - Beirut, Lebanon and Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
1947
La tapisserie Française du Moyen-à nos jours, touring exhibition, Brussels, London, New York, Chicago, L.A., Boston & Montreal
1946
Bignou Gallery, New York, USA (solo)

Öffentliche Sammlungen

Detroit Museum of Fine Arts, Detroit
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Grenoble
Musée Nationale d'Art Moderne, Paris
Museum of Chicago
Museum of Modern Art, New York
National Gallery, Washington DC
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Literatur

G. DENIZEAU and S. LURÇAT, l'Oeuvre peint de Jean Lurçat. Catalogue Raisonné 1910-1965, Lausanne, 1998