Paule Marrot's Textile Creations

I love seeing artwork of the past celebrated in new ways. Besides creating new art, Christopher Wilcox's Natural Curiosities seems to be on a mission to make sure that the lesser-known artists of the past are not forgotten. By acquiring the oeuvres of a diverse set of artists such as engravers, painters, botanists, and architects, Natural Curiosities has resurrected their work by reproducing it in a modern context.

I'm transfixed by architectural drawings so I've long been a fan of NC's offerings in that area and I also love their maps and botanical illustrations. A relatively new release from NC, the Paule Marrot Collection, is one I've recently taken note of. Here is a piece from the collection called Swirl Set, which is comprised of four 22" square panels....

All images copyright of Paule Marrot Editions.

French artist, Paule Marrot lived from 1902 until 1987 and began her life in art as a painter and eventually came to focus on textiles. She became known for her inventive use of bold color and pattern and truly breathed new life into the world of textile design. Her work was fawned over by many in the interior design community including the iconic Billy Baldwin. One of Marrot's floral creations even prompted Jacqueline Kennedy to have an entire room of the White House designed around it. In short, Marrot's art was recognized by the savants of her time and happily, she enjoyed success during her lifetime. Read more about her life and work here.

I first spotted Marrot's work at the Calypso Home store that just opened in Dallas. Their walls are adorned with a few pieces created by Marrot, produced by Natural Curiosities. NC took Marrot's beautiful work and presented each piece floated on raw linen, housed in a fabulously modern acrylic frame. The one called Feathers, the vibrant pink piece shown in the number one position below not only caught my eye, it also got the attention of one of my clients and we're trying it out in her house today.

In addition to Feathers, here are a few more selections from Natural Curiosities' Paule Marrot Collection...

All images copyright of Paule Marrot Editions.

I'm thankful to Natural Curiosities for bringing Marrot's work into the light and for presenting it in such a fresh, current manner.  While I'm generally not in favor of reproductions in art, I do think that Natural Curiosities produces its prints with a higher level of integrity and sense of purpose than some others in the business. Like I said before, I feel like they resurrect and share the works of artists past and I appreciate that.

What is your take on reproductions? Also, what do you think of Marrot's work? If you love it, be sure to check out NC's Paule Marrot Petites as well!

1 comment:

  1. Searching for Paule Marrot, I came across your site. I live in a 1915 creole/georgian style home in a rural area north of New Orleans. This house was renovated and redecorated in 1976. The lady of the house with a wonderful sense of style relied on her very close friend Lee Riley to direct the design. She chose wonderful wallpapers and fabrics. One of which ( and perhaps another) is a Paule Marrot. Unfortunately the paper was papered over by the second wife. I have morned the loss of that paper. I do have the unused left over paper, that I have saved to use in some way. The way that I knew that it was Paule Marrot was from matching fabrics that were used for upholstery with the name on the salvage. These pieces have been recovered because the fabric was quite literally falling apart. However I have saved the scraps because I knew they had importance. I have searched and cannot find this particular design. It is a fabulous watermelon pink and orange floral with many other colors. I would love to remove the overlaid paper without damaging the Paule Marrot. There is also a periwinkle blue berry with random spring green clover paper which is just magical in another room. I have no fabric to confirm if this is a Paule Marrot and I have no scrap paper either. I have sought to respect and protect all of the wonderful papers and fabrics in the house as I renovate it for the third time in its lifetime.