Galerie Zlotowski

Jean Lurçat

(French, 1892–1966)

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Jean Lurçat

La collerette, 1921

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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.
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.
With three friends, founds the Les Feuilles de Mai review.
First work project with Jean Paul Lafitte in Marseilles. Travels to Italy.
First exhibition at the Tanner Gallery of Zurich.
Travels to Berlin, Munich, Rome, Naples, Palermo. Sets himself up at rue Nollet in Paris (18e) with Marthe Hennebert.
Becomes friends with Pierre Chareau, Max Jacob, Louis Marcoussis. Discovers Picasso.
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.
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.


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)
One-man shows of his tapestries in Cologne and Bremen, Germany and in Lisbon, Portugal (solo)
Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, France (solo)
La Demeure, Paris, France (solo)
Gimpel Gallery, London, UK
Musée Réattu, Arles, France
50, Shows in Locarno, Italy - Beirut, Lebanon and Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
La tapisserie Française du Moyen-à nos jours, touring exhibition, Brussels, London, New York, Chicago, L.A., Boston & Montreal
Bignou Gallery, New York, USA (solo)

Public Collections

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


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