Tapestry after a cartoon by Jean Fourton (1934)
France, Aubusson, Bernard Battu workshop
Woven in wool, silk and cotton (cotton warp, wool and silk weft)
Signature of the artist in the lower left corner
Jean Fourton is a multi-faceted character: journalist, psychoanalyst, painter and also teacher. From his encounters, his travels and discoveries, Jean Fourton learns and appropriates the codes and foundations of each discipline to create his own universe. First, he studied psychoanalysis with Jacques Lacan, who became his psychoanalyst, his teacher and his friend. He also obtained a degree in psychopathology and social psychiatry and wrote a thesis on non-verbal communication, and more precisely on aggression in art. Then, from his meeting with Pierre Soulages, he understands color and becomes passionate about painting. He studied the painter's work and learned lessons that would impact his own work. But it is certainly his discovery of the city of Aubusson that marks the most his practice and his investment in tapestry. As the owner of a house next to the city, Jean Fourton discovered the medium and the workshops of the liciers, the heritage that the Cité Internationale de la Tapisserie preserves today. He began to create cartoons, with the aim of having them woven. Jean Fourton is still very much linked to Aubusson, a city to which he regularly donates his paintings and tapestries.