Picasso tapestries woven entirely by hand by Madame J. de la Baume Dürrbach in Southern France

In December of 2014 the San Antonio Museum of Art will present an exhibition of fifteen of the eighteen tapestries commissioned by Governor Nelson Rockefeller. Modeled after Pablo Picasso’s most important paintings. They include Girl with Mandolin, Interior with Girl Drawing, Night Fishing at Antibes, and Three Musicians. Commissioned between 1958 and 1975, the tapestries were woven entirely by hand by Madame J. de la Baume Dürrbach in Southern France.

Picasso agreed to the creation of the Guernica tapestry and authenticated it by signing and inscribing the back of a photograph of the finished work. It became the first of 18 Picasso tapestries that Rockefeller commissioned from the atelier of Madame J. de la Baume Dürrbach in Cavalaire, France, which apparently came to the attention of Picasso and Rockefeller after its weavers produced a Guernica on their own initiative that both men saw and liked.

Enormous in scale, these woven works of art took many months to complete. They reflect Rockefeller’s interest in the medieval tradition of tapestry and his love of modern art, while appealing to his egalitarian spirit. Much more durable than paintings, these tapestry “copies” of great works by Picasso can be viewed by a much larger audience. Picasso collaborated with the weaver on the color choices of many of them and kept up a lively exchange of letters with Rockefeller until his own death in 1973. Sadly, the great patron and artist never met, but we can see the fruits of their collaboration in the exhibition, Nelson Rockefeller’s Picassos: Tapestries Commissioned for Kykuit.

December 20, 2014 - March 8, 2015

For more information please visit the San Antonio Museum of Art
Photo: © Mick Hales, ArtSlant

San Antonio Museum of Art 200 West Jones Avenue San Antonio, Texas 78215

Picasso Tapestries

When
December 20, 2014 - March 8, 2015
Where
San Antonio Museum of Art
200 West Jones Avenue
San Antonio, Texas 78215

Picasso tapestries woven entirely by hand by Madame J. de la Baume Dürrbach in Southern France

In December of 2014 the San Antonio Museum of Art will present an exhibition of fifteen of the eighteen tapestries commissioned by Governor Nelson Rockefeller. Modeled after Pablo Picasso’s most important paintings. They include Girl with Mandolin, Interior with Girl Drawing, Night Fishing at Antibes, and Three Musicians. Commissioned between 1958 and 1975, the tapestries were woven entirely by hand by Madame J. de la Baume Dürrbach in Southern France.

Picasso agreed to the creation of the Guernica tapestry and authenticated it by signing and inscribing the back of a photograph of the finished work. It became the first of 18 Picasso tapestries that Rockefeller commissioned from the atelier of Madame J. de la Baume Dürrbach in Cavalaire, France, which apparently came to the attention of Picasso and Rockefeller after its weavers produced a Guernica on their own initiative that both men saw and liked.

Enormous in scale, these woven works of art took many months to complete. They reflect Rockefeller’s interest in the medieval tradition of tapestry and his love of modern art, while appealing to his egalitarian spirit. Much more durable than paintings, these tapestry “copies” of great works by Picasso can be viewed by a much larger audience. Picasso collaborated with the weaver on the color choices of many of them and kept up a lively exchange of letters with Rockefeller until his own death in 1973. Sadly, the great patron and artist never met, but we can see the fruits of their collaboration in the exhibition, Nelson Rockefeller’s Picassos: Tapestries Commissioned for Kykuit.

December 20, 2014 - March 8, 2015

For more information please visit the San Antonio Museum of Art
Photo: © Mick Hales, ArtSlant

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