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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plate - oval - brown - living universe (8569) by jean lurçat

Jean Lurçat

Plate - Oval - Brown - Living Universe (8569), vers 1955

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plate - red & white - siren (8509) by jean lurçat

Jean Lurçat

Plate - Red & White - Siren (8509), vers 1955

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vase - yellow - sea creatures (9135) by jean lurçat

Jean Lurçat

Vase - Yellow - Sea Creatures (9135), vers 1955

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Biographie

Chronologie

1892
Born in Bruyères
1912
Moved to Paris; enrolled in the Académie Colorassi; worked in the studio of engraver Bernard Naudin
1913
Co-founded Les Feuilles de Mai review
1914
First collaboration with Jean Paul Lafitte in Marseilles; traveled to Italy
1916
First exhibition at the Tanner Gallery of Zurich
1920
Traveled to Berlin, Munich, Rome, Naples, Palermo; established himself on the rue Nollet in Paris with Marthe Hennebert
1921
Befriended Pierre Chareau, Max Jacob, and Louis Marcoussis; discovered the work of Pablo Picasso
1922
Held two exhibitions in Paris at the Povolotozky Gallery (gouaches) and at the Vildrac gallery (oils and watercolors); created a large wall decoration for Edmond Bernheim at the Villeflix castle with Pierre Chareau; executed his fifth tapestry, Le Cirque, for Marie Cuttoli’s salon
1923 - 1924
Traveled to Spain; spent time in North Africa, the Sahara, Greece, and Asia Minor; signed a non-exclusive contract with art dealer Etienne Bignou
1925
Moved to the house of his brother and architect, André Lurçat, in Paris; traveled to Scotland, Spain, and the Sahara; showed his work in Paris at the Georges Petit and Jeanne Bucher Galleries; worked on the Marcel L’Herbier film Le vertige

Expositions

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)

Collections publiques

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

Publications

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