ANTIQUE TEXTILE ART III
A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles
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40. 
Danseuse Espagnole
France
Joan Mirò (1893-1983)
Signed Myrbor
Circa 1930
196 x 140 cm (6’5” x 4’7”)


Notes: Symmetrically knotted wool pile on a cotton foundation
Marie Cuttoli (1879-1973) founded the Galerie Myrbor in 1926, from which she promoted the modernist rugs designed by the young avant-garde artists active in Paris. These were first woven at her workshop at Sétif, in Algeria, and following a successful response at the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Dècoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris, a huge demand for her carpets led her in 1933 to transfer the workshop to Aubusson.
In this rare rug designed by the painter Joan Mirò we see an abstract rendition of a female dancer, one leg placed on an orange disk,the other kicking outwards towards a half-moon. It is interesting to compare this rug to the painting by Mirò with the same title (dated 1924) which appeared recently on the art market (Christie’s, The Collection of René Gaffe, New York 6 November 2001, lot 16, p. 67.), and which is considered by some to be a cornerstone of abstract surrealism.
Bibliography: S. B. Sherrill, ‘Carpets of the Parisian Avant-Garde’, Hali, issue 85, (London, March-April 1996): 104-106.

 



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