We are pleased to be carrying an elegant new line of Paule Marrot framed art at The Well Appointed House.
Paule Marrot (1902-1987) was a French engraver, painter and textile artist. From the 1920’s to the 1950’s, she created beautifully expressive fabrics using bold flowers, colors and patterns which, according to her website, reflected a compositionally modernist style classically associated with the Art Deco movement. She knew and was influenced by such greats as Auguste Renoir and Fauvist painter Raoul Dufy. She was admired by her contemporaries, including such notables as Ali Khan, the Shah of Iran, the British royal family, designer Billy Baldwin and Jackie Kennedy, who based the interior of an entire room at the White House on one of her bright pastel flower designs (Marrot’s Les Tulips cotton print).
Her two-dimensional, upbeat and often floral style captivated her native France and she experienced strong popularity in the United States after World War II.
In 1924, she was admitted to the Societe des artistes decorateurs (The Society of Decorative Artists) and in 1925 she won a gold medal for her contributions to the Worlds Fair. After winning the Prix Blumenthal in 1928, she opened her own workshop in Batignolles on rue Truffaut and it was here that she became famous for her furniture textiles. In 1932 her work came to the attention of Jean Schlumberger and he became her exclusive printer and devoted friend for 30 years until his death in 1963. Together they produced over 320 fabric designs and numerous table linens. From 1953-1965, Marrot advised the car company Renault, working on their color and fabric combinations for new models being developed. She had written to Renault’s chairman, Pierre Lefaucheux, giving her opinion that the postwar cars of Paris were a, “uniformly somber parade” and wondering whether an artist could help find some fresh and vibrant colors. The chairman made Marrot a member of the team developing the new Dauphine model and she successfully designed the car’s emblem with three dolphins over a crown.
Over 2 million Dauphines were produced in its production run of 10 years, each bearing the stamp of Paule Marrot.
Here are some great photos of Paule Marrot fabrics being featured at Bergdorf Goodman in 2005 (Bergdorf Photos from Art and Artistes):
If you would like to own a piece of Paule Marrot for your own home, check out our new additions. These elegant reproductions are based on the originals, which are housed at the Musee d’Orsay and they are printed on summerset fine art acid free paper. You can purchase them unframed for $750 each or framed in a crisp and clean acrylic frame for an upcharge. Here are some of my favorites:
If you would like to see more from our collection of Paule Marrot, view our entire Art collection.
As if wall art isn’t enough to satisfy your Marrot craving, the exquisite paper product company Caspari now has a gorgeous collection of Paule Marrot dinner plates and napkins: