The Dance of Knots

Renowned for his tapestries, Jean Lurçat was one of the neighbors of Mario Prassinos when he moved to villa Seurat in Paris in 1941. Soon Lurçat would introduce Prassinos to tapestry.

To produce the tapestries, first the primary design was drawn on paper, then the code numbers on the color chart of the samples of wool was written on paper based on a kind of preview that only existed in the mind of the designer. For someone who had mastered the use of his memory, the tapestries were akin to a new game. Making room for calligraphic expression at times, the tapestries sometimes repeated the designs used in the other works and, at other times, revealed images recalling the past with names such as Turquerie or Turkish Rose.

  • Othello
1963
Wool, low warp woven tapestry
120 x 145 cm.
Private Collection
  • Red Fiancées
1972
Low warp woven tapestry
170 x 240 cm.
FNAC 3173
Centre national des arts plastiques
  • 20_Othello-196311_120x145 (tifmd)

Mario Prassinos, In Pursuit of an Artist: Istanbul-Paris-Istanbul” exhibition can be seen until August 14!

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