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Object of the Week – Jean Lurçat, ‘Blue Moon’


Glazed ceramic, inscribed “Dessin J. Lurçat Sant Vicens, D.L., 22/50, dessin III”

W: 48cm   H:32cm  

An important and successful painter of the School of Paris, Jean Lurçat singlehandedly revived tapestry-making as an art form during the 1930s. Lurçat’s artistic eye simultaneously wandered towards a multitude of other media, including engraving, book illustrations and – most notably – ceramics. During the 1950’s Lurçat worked prolifically at the ceramic workshops of Sant-Vicens in the Southern French city of Perpignan.

In designs from this period, imaginary and mythological sea and wood creatures and foliage wind their ways in thickly applied saturated colours overlaid with brilliant glaze. These designs demonstrate Lurçat’s fondness of the symbolic and poetry which formed the core of his artistic expression. Thus a plate, a bowl, a jug or a tile, becomes an object of beauty and exquisiteness.

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