Jean Lurcat: chosen by Jinnie
Jean Lurçat, (1892 — 1966.) French painter and designer who is frequently called the most instrumental figure in reviving the art of designing and weaving tapestries in the 20th century.
Although his first tapestries were executed and exhibited in 1917, it was not until 1936 that Lurçat turned from being primarily a painter to designing tapestries. Among the most notable of the more than 1,000 tapestries Lurçat designed are the “Four Seasons” (1940), the “Apocalypse Tapestry” (1948; in the Church of Notre-Dame de Toute-Grâce, Plateau d’Assy, département of Haute-Savoie, France), and “The Song of the World” (1957–64). Lurçat also did set and costume designs for the theatre, ceramics, book illustrations, and lithographs and wrote poetry, as well as books on tapestry.