Tapestry after the homonymous work (Chinese ink on paper, 1977)
Woven in wool and cotton (weft in wool, warp in cotton)
Edition 3/3, Edition Galerie Chevalier with Comité Hiquily
Monogram of the artist woven at the bottom center
Philippe Hiquily, born in Paris in 1925 and died in Villejuif in 2013, is a figure of the sculpture of the second half of the twentieth century, and particularly of the work of metal, alongside his friend César Baldaccini, whom he met at the Beaux-Arts de Paris in 1947. It was at the Academy and in Gimond Janniot's workshop that Philippe Hiquily discovered the work of iron, which, after years of taming, would give rise to the bronze sculptures for which he is still renowned today. At the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, he won the Sculpture Prize by presenting his work Neptune. Following this course of study, where he learned the elementary techniques of modeling, Philippe Hiquily became interested in Greece, prehistory and more particularly in archaeology, the codes of which he learned at the Musée de l'Homme. At the same time, he discovered the work of Julio Gonzalez at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and in particular the technique of autogenous welding, which he used to develop what he called Métal Direct. In 1954, he moved to a studio on rue Raymond Losserand, which he occupied until 1988, and which allowed him to work freely, in keeping with his rejection of any system or movement. Philippe Hiquily explores the possibilities of two main materials: rusted and acid-oxidized iron sheet, and brass, again, recycled.