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GILIOLI

“Danse” Aubusson tapestry woven by the Picaud workshop 

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Complete with certifcate of origin signed by the artist. N° 1 of 3. 

1961  

“First of all I like wool, its warmth…In tapestry, I can use both colour and graphic  design” wrote the artist in “Sculpture”, Paris, 1968. Better known as a sculptor, Gilioli  (1911-1977) would design his frst cartoon in 1949, before winning in 1957 the Tapestry  Prize at the Biennial in Sao Paulo; in all he designed around a hundred tapestries,  woven by the Pinton and Picaud workshops. “Danse” comes from Gilioli’s frst period  of cartoon creation. “There are two competing tendancies in my work, it is either line  which dominates, or forms: the overall shape.” Movement is momentarily arrested  by the artist’s intervention (a technique directly derived from drawing and particularly  diffcult to translate for the weavers).  

Bibliography: 

Exhibition catalogue Gilioli, galerie La Demeure, 1971 
Exhibition catalogue Des sculpteurs et la Tapisserie, Angers, Musée Jean Lurçat et  de la Tapisserie Contemporaine, 1995, p 45 and foll. 
Exhibition catalogue Gilioli Tapisseries, Paris, Fondation Dina Vierny, 1997 (illustrated)  

Height:  160cm/63”  
Length: 123cm/48”