Jean Lurçat

Jean Lurçat was a French artist and weaver credited with bringing tapestries back into contemporary popularity. His works often featured recurring motifs such as nature, animals, and the cosmos, becoming increasingly ambitious and detailed over time. One of his most famous works, The Eighth Tapestry of the World’s Song (1957–1966), depicts an entire cosmology of ancient world mythical figures. He was born on July 1, 1892 in Bruyeres, France, and studied at the Académie Colarossi where his classmates included Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. In 1915, he participated in his first exhibition in Zürich, and in 1917, completed Filles Vertes and Soirée dans Grenade—his first major tapestry work.


Sonia Delaunay

Sonia Delaunay, born in Gradižsk in Ukraine in 1885. She discovered her vocation for art at an early age and studied drawing at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Karlsruhe between 1903 and 1905. Then she moved to Paris. During her study at the Académie de la Palette she made works which are clearly influenced by Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh and the Fauves. Her marriage with Robert Delaunay, an ambitious artist of the Parisian Avant-garde, was determined by a mutual inspiration to colourful compositions. Both artists intensively dealt with the depiction of light and movement and found a new artistic form of expression on the base of a simultaneous contrast.

 


Emile Gilioli

Émile Gilioli is a French sculptor who was born in Paris in1911 in Paris. He is one of the representatives of the French abstract sculpture of the 1950s and whose art is associated in some way with the French Resistance.

After the First World War, his family moved closer to Italy and settled in Nice. In 1932, Émile Gilioli took classes at the École des Arts Décoratifs in Nice, notably with the future artist Marie Raymond. During the Second World War World, he was mobilized in Grenoble where he stayed for the rest of the war.

 

 


Mathieu Matégot

Hungarian-French designer and tapestry maker Mathieu Matégot was born in 1910 in the suburbs of Budapest. After graduating from Budapest’s School of Fine Arts in 1929, he travelled abroad as many young people do. After spending time in the US and Italy, Matégot settled in Paris in 1931 and took work as a set designer and window dresser for arty Parisian hotspots, like the Folies Bergère and the Galerie Lafayette department store.

 


Francois Bonnel

François Bonnel is a French artist born in 1968. In 2018, the artist decided to devote himself full time to his passion for painting and photography and to develop the exploratory work he had begun twenty-five years earlier, in parallel with his career as a painter. commercial setting in Advertising. François Bonnel approaches his art spontaneously and explores various fields and techniques of creation. He exploits the digital media, the techniques of photography and collage by freeing himself from known references to give free rein to his creation.

 


Benjamin Ewing

Contemporary and talented artist Benjamin Ewing collaborated with Boccara Gallery in order
to realize two original designs in black and white.
Benjamin Ewing is a multidisciplinary artist located in Portland, Oregon. With a background in
editorial photography & print design, he aims to combine visual principles within the context of
contemporary art.

 


Ellen Richman

Ellen Richman is a abstract painter who was born in Minneapolis, MN in 1964. She studied at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis in the deptartment of design before receiving her BFA from the department of fine art in 1995. Upon graduation she continued her color studies in Playa del Carmen, Q.Roo Mexico for several years, where her paintings were informed by the full spectrum of light. Color became the singular defining element in her work as she continued to experiment with saturated hues and chromatic divergence.

 


Anna Mac

Artist Statement: “I am heavily inspired by colour and the way colour engages with one another, though they were conversations and there are endless conversations to be had. I am fascinated with thepower colour has to draw the viewer in and connect”. “The way I paint feels like a game, the smallest edition of a shape or use of colour can transform the painting. The evolution of each painting can come quickly if each move fits with the next, and some can be a complex journey of changes and wrong moves. Either way, a piece builds and builds until everything ‘fits’..

 


David Stein

David Stein is an acclaimed British artist, producing vibrant abstract work in both physical and digital media. His attention to technical detail and accuracy results in ‘hard- edge’ geometric paintings that are bold and visually compelling. An accomplished figurative artist, his work has evolved towards pure abstraction, exploring the balance and tension between complementary and contrasting form and space.

 


Didier Marien

Dider Marien, Owner of Boccara, is a recognized designer, expert and collector in the world of textiles. He is a member of the Chambre Européenne des Experts-Conseil en Oeuvres d’Art (CECOA), the Confederation Internationale des Négociants en Oeuvres d’Art (CINOA) and of the Association of Art & Antiques Dealers (LAPADA). Didier Marien has an exceptional eye and taste for design, shape and color and has developed a new concept of luxury rugs manufactured in the Boccara workshop. Boccara also presents Didier Marien’s choice of talented international contemporary artists, through the launch of his original collection of artistic rugs created using the traditional know-how of hand weaving, Their artistic encounter began about ten years ago and gave birth to a series of important international projects. Aiming to pursue a new innovative project, Didier Marien now starts another collaboration with designer Jean Yves Lanvin. Boccara refined artistic rugs find a sublime dimension with Jean-Yves Lanvin’s metal and mineral furniture.

 


Jean Yves Lanvin

Jean Yves Lanvin is the great grandson of Jeanne Lanvin, famous founder of the Lanvin Haute Couture House in 1889. He spends his youth in the fashion and arts environment, between the 15 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and the family house in Beaulieu, where he discovers the universe of Paul Iribe and the works of Armand Albert Rateau and Jean Dunand created for Jeanne Lanvin houses and Lanvin Décoration. Jean Yves Lanvin's creativity and vision are expressed through a mineral universe. Rare materials, perfect realization, delicate work with metal and minerals, elegant style allied to the strength of the lines define his unique creations. Their French background and a meticulous search for the perfect balance on every detail characterize the work of Jean Yves Lanvin and Boccara’s owner Didier Marien. Jean-Yves Lanvin’s sophisticated furniture combined with the classic and contemporary textile world of Boccara creates a unique aesthetic universe.

 


Didier Marien

Dider Marien, Owner of Boccara, is a recognized designer, expert and collector in the world of textiles. He is a member of the Chambre Européenne des Experts-Conseil en Oeuvres d’Art (CECOA), the Confederation Internationale des Négociants en Oeuvres d’Art (CINOA) and of the Association of Art & Antiques Dealers (LAPADA). Didier Marien has an exceptional eye and taste for design, shape and color and has developed a new concept of luxury rugs manufactured in the Boccara workshop. Boccara also presents Didier Marien’s choice of talented international contemporary artists, through the launch of his original collection of artistic rugs created using the traditional know-how of hand weaving, Their artistic encounter began about ten years ago and gave birth to a series of important international projects. Aiming to pursue a new innovative project, Didier Marien now starts another collaboration with designer Jean Yves Lanvin. Boccara refined artistic rugs find a sublime dimension with Jean-Yves Lanvin’s metal and mineral furniture.

 

Jean Yves Lanvin

Jean Yves Lanvin is the great grandson of Jeanne Lanvin, famous founder of the Lanvin Haute Couture House in 1889. He spends his youth in the fashion and arts environment, between the 15 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and the family house in Beaulieu, where he discovers the universe of Paul Iribe and the works of Armand Albert Rateau and Jean Dunand created for Jeanne Lanvin houses and Lanvin Décoration. Jean Yves Lanvin's creativity and vision are expressed through a mineral universe. Rare materials, perfect realization, delicate work with metal and minerals, elegant style allied to the strength of the lines define his unique creations. Their French background and a meticulous search for the perfect balance on every detail characterize the work of Jean Yves Lanvin and Boccara’s owner Didier Marien. Jean-Yves Lanvin’s sophisticated furniture combined with the classic and contemporary textile world of Boccara creates a unique aesthetic universe.

Victor Vasarely

Victor Vasarely (1906 – 1997) was born in Pecs (Hungary). He began studying medicine, left these courses and joined the fine art (1927-1929), then the Bauhaus of Budapest where he became the pupil of Sandor Bortnyik. His first personal exhibition was organized in Budapest in 1930, this same year he settled down in Paris. Victor Vasarely died in 1997 in Annet-sur-Marne (France).

 

Vassily Kandinsky

 

The Boccara Gallery presents a unique tapestry by Wassily Kandinsky (Russia, 1866 – 1944). Didier Marien, the director of the Boccara Gallery has carried out an important research in the Tabard workshop in Aubusson and is pleased to present the exclusive presentation of the tapestry “Sur Fond Noir”, a unique work signed and dated by this incredible Russian artist.

 

Dom Robert

Dom Robert (France, 1907 – 1997) pseudonym Guy de Chaunac-Lanzac, is a Benedictine monk, upholsterer, painter and ceramist French. The meeting with Jean Lurçat in September 1941 decides the fate of Dom Robert as a painter boxer. “I had the impression from this brief contact to work beside a big brother who did not keep any secret boot. He showed me his samples of wool, (…) I learned the use of threshing for interpenetration of colors and all kinds of possibilities to make the most of this warm matter. Let’s say, the simplest classic vocabulary to achieve the most eloquent effects ». The woven work of Dom Robert includes nearly one hundred and fifty original cartoons, mostly woven in Aubusson. Between 1942 and 1992, Dom Robert created nearly one hundred and fifty tapestry cartoons, some extracts or taken from previous cartoons but still reworked by his hand, most without previous model. The “cardboard” composed of the execution size of the tapestry is placed under the chain of the loom where the weavers follow the exact design. Dom Robert will adopt the numbered cardboard technique developed by Jean Lurçat and will remain faithful.

 

Claude Dodane

Claude Dodane was an important artist and Director of School of Fine Art in Besançon. Claude was a family member of the Dodane family, a famous watchmaking family. The Boccara gallery boasts a unique tapestry realized by Claude Dodane “Allegorie du Temps” [Allegory of Time]. This monumental tapestry has aroused the interest of many international experts. The tapestry “Allegorie du temps” was hanged at the staircase of the Dodane watch factory built by Auguste Perret between 1938 and 1943 in Besançon. This Claude Dodane’s tapestry therefore has an important historical value and it is currently preserved in perfect condition in the Boccara collection.
 

Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder  was an international renowned American sculptor, born in 1898 and died in 1976. After studying mechanical engineering, and working in several jobs in this sector, he decided to turn towards art and studied painting at the Art Students League of New York.

 

Le Corbusier

The Boccara Gallery is pleased to count among the artists of its collection Le Corbusier (Switzerland, 1887 – 1965), an internationally renowned architect and founder of modern architecture.

According to Le Corbusier a tapestry cannot be conceived as a simple room dressing a wall above a chest of drawers. It is not a painting of any size. It must be placed at human height and “can (and perhaps must) touch the floor”. It is by considering them in this way that tapestries can truly enter into the composition of architecture, beyond mere decoration.

 

Fernand Léger

Fernand Léger was born on 4 February 1881 in Argentan (Orne) and died on 17 August 1955 in Gif-sur-Yvette (Essonne). He is a representative of the cubist current. His version of it is also called by critics “tubism”, due to his preference for tubular forms. His style is close to Italian futurism, especially in his series of workers on scaffolds. A significant part of the Boccara collection is dedicated to the works of Fernand Léger. Didier Marien has been interested in the works of this artist for a long time. The way Léger dealt with modern subjects was far ahead of his time and paved the way for contemporary art, which is why the Boccara gallery is so proud to present this artist. Fernand Léger’s tapestries are marked by a graphic use of line, a fascination with machines and flattened figures with no apparent expression.

 

Jean Lurçat

Jean Lurçat was a French artist and weaver credited with bringing tapestries back into contemporary popularity. His works often featured recurring motifs such as nature, animals, and the cosmos, becoming increasingly ambitious and detailed over time. One of his most famous works, The Eighth Tapestry of the World’s Song (1957–1966), depicts an entire cosmology of ancient world mythical figures. He was born on July 1, 1892 in Bruyeres, France, and studied at the Académie Colarossi where his classmates included Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. In 1915, he participated in his first exhibition in Zürich, and in 1917, completed Filles Vertes and Soirée dans Grenade—his first major tapestry work.

Didier Marien, has been collecting Jean Lurçat’s works for many years. In fact, Didier Marien met Jean Lurçat’s wife, Simone Andrée Marie-Louise Lurçat, and thanks to her he discovered the works of the great artist. Didier Marien immediately noticed the originality and boldness that distinguish Jean Lurçat and decided to devote a large part of his collection to the artist.
The Boccara collection today presents a remarkable collection of the artist who proposed an epic, poetic, symbolic and humanistic vision of the 20th century through his works and who has become a key figure in the history of tapestry. All his tapestries are hand-made and every detail is carefully studied. The Boccara Gallery is pleased to offer a panorama of the works of Jean Lurçat, an artist who has recently begun to be discovered for his undeniable talent and innovative works.

 

Sonia Delaunay

The Boccara Gallery was one of the first to create a large collection of Sonia Delaunay’s tapestries. Didier Marien was one of the first merchants to collect such works. Currently the Boccara collection includes some of the most iconic and monumental works of the artist.

Sonia Delaunay, born in Gradižsk in Ukraine in 1885. She discovered her vocation for art at an early age and studied drawing at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Karlsruhe between 1903 and 1905. Then she moved to Paris. During her study at the Académie de la Palette she made works which are clearly influenced by Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh and the Fauves. Her marriage with Robert Delaunay, an ambitious artist of the Parisian Avant-garde, was determined by a mutual inspiration to colourful compositions. Both artists intensively dealt with the depiction of light and movement and found a new artistic form of expression on the base of a simultaneous contrast.

Émile Gilioli

Émile Gilioli is a French sculptor who was born in Paris in 1911 in Paris. He is one of the representatives of the French abstract sculpture of the 1950s and whose art is associated in some way with the French Resistance. After the First World War, his family moved closer to Italy and settled in Nice. In 1932, Émile Gilioli took classes at the École des Arts Décoratifs in Nice, notably with the future artist Marie Raymond. During the Second World War World, he was mobilized in Grenoble where he stayed for the rest of the war.

Boccara has an important collection of Emile Gilioli’s sculptures and tapestries. Among the tapestries signed by the artist we can recognize the classical motifs that distinguish the art of this great and talented men. In these works strong colours are predominant as well as geometric motifs that create a visual balance. The Boccara collection presents not only the beautiful tapestries of Emile Gilioli but also his sculptures showing all the facets of this French Impressionist & Modern artist. The Boccara collection thus manages to create an interesting parallel between the textile and the sculptural universe.

 

André Borderie

André Borderie (France, 1923 – 1998) had a classical technical training, yet he spent all of his free time drawing. Having become a state employee specialized in telecommunications he later, in 1942, met the poster designer Paul Colin who encouraged him to turn to painting. In 1946, he met the couple Véra and Pierre Székely in Vienna, Austria. They were both sculptors, and the encounter resulted in his decision to devote himself entirely to artistic creation.

 

Marc Saint-Saëns

Marc Saint-Saëns was born in 1903 into a family of shopkeepers and craftsmen from the Languedoc region. During his youth, Marc Saint-Saëns was the best friend of the poet Pierre Frayssinet, who was his classmate at the Lycée Pierre-de-Fermat in Toulouse where he also met André Arbus. Gifted for drawing, he enrolled at the Toulouse School of Fine Arts in 1920, with André Arbus and Joseph Monin. He exhibited at the Salon des artistes français in 1922, and in 1923 he entered the École des beaux-arts de Paris. The creation of the fresco for the reading room of the Study and Heritage Library in Toulouse, completed in 1935, launched his career as a decorator of public buildings. From the 1940s onwards, under the influence of Jean Lurçat, he turned to painting tapestry cartoons which would make him famous. It was at his side that he took part in the foundation of the Association of Tapestry Cardboard Painters (APCT) in 1947. He had almost all his cardboards woven by the Tabard workshop in Aubusson, the capital of tapestry. 1951 is the great moment of national and international recognition with the masterpieces: the tapestries ‘Le Serpent de mer rose’, and ‘Le Bouquet’, his favourite work. Le Bouquet, the internationally acclaimed work of Marc Saint-Saëns in 1951 was the artist’s favourite work, according to his wife.

 

Mathieu Matégot

Hungarian-French designer and tapestry maker Mathieu Matégot was born in 1910 in the suburbs of Budapest. After graduating from Budapest’s School of Fine Arts in 1929, he travelled abroad as many young people do. After spending time in the US and Italy, Matégot settled in Paris in 1931 and took work as a set designer and window dresser for arty Parisian hotspots, like the Folies Bergère and the Galerie Lafayette department store.

 

François Bonnel

François Bonnel is a French artist born in 1968. In 2018, the artist decided to devote himself full time to his passion for painting and photography and to develop the exploratory work he had begun twenty-five years earlier, in parallel with his career as a painter. commercial setting in Advertising. François Bonnel approaches his art spontaneously and explores various fields and techniques of creation. He exploits the digital media, the techniques of photography and collage by freeing himself from known references to give free rein to his creation.

 

Benjamin Ewing

Contemporary and talented artist Benjamin Ewing collaborated with Boccara Gallery in order
to realize two original designs in black and white.
Benjamin Ewing is a multidisciplinary artist located in Portland, Oregon. With a background in
editorial photography & print design, he aims to combine visual principles within the context of
contemporary art.

Ellen Richman

Ellen Richman is a abstract painter who was born in Minneapolis, MN in 1964. She studied at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis in the deptartment of design before receiving her BFA from the department of fine art in 1995. Upon graduation she continued her color studies in Playa del Carmen, Q.Roo Mexico for several years, where her paintings were informed by the full spectrum of light. Color became the singular defining element in her work as she continued to experiment with saturated hues and chromatic divergence.

 

Anna Mac

Artist Statement: “I am heavily inspired by colour and the way colour engages with one another, though they were conversations and there are endless conversations to be had. I am fascinated with thepower colour has to draw the viewer in and connect”. “The way I paint feels like a game, the smallest edition of a shape or use of colour can transform the painting. The evolution of each painting can come quickly if each move fits with the next, and some can be a complex journey of changes and wrong moves. Either way, a piece builds and builds until everything ‘fits’..

David Stein

David Stein is an acclaimed British artist, producing vibrant abstract work in both physical and digital media. His attention to technical detail and accuracy results in ‘hard- edge’ geometric paintings that are bold and visually compelling. An accomplished figurative artist, his work has evolved towards pure abstraction, exploring the balance and tension between complementary and contrasting form and space.

 

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