Artist Spotlight: Paule Marrot
You might recognize the above bold monochromatic piece from my last post featuring Jenny Wolf Interiors. Then again, you might also recognize it from over here, over there, behind you, and above you. The extremely popular print is by the late Parisian textile designer and artist Paule Marrot, whose career took off in the early 1920s.
Interior designers re-discovered her work a few years back and went crazy. Her designs have been spotted in countless highly publicized rooms, and if you're one to peruse House Beautiful or Pinterest, you've seen them over and over again. Designer Artie Vanderpool wrote a (humorlously titled) blog post called "Jumping Off a Bridge," to give you an idea of the craze. I must've missed this trend altogether when it was at its peak, but I stumbled upon her work while exploring Natural Curiosities last year and, I too, 'jumped off the bridge' and fell in love.
Marrot was awarded the esteemed Legion d'Honneur in 1952, which "require[s] the flawless performance of one's trade as well as doing more than ordinarily expected, such as being creative, zealous and contributing to the growth and well-being of others." French furniture designer Andre Arbus said to her at the time, “You paint with your heart the flowers of the fields, love, youth, the seasons, everything that is wonderful in life."
Marrot was influenced by Renoir and admired by many famous people, from Billy Baldwin to Jackie Kennedy, who designed an entire room in the White House around her Tulips work (below). Her works have been reproduced by Anthropologie, Brunschwig & Fils and even Nike. The playful colors and whimsical lines of her patterns are enchanting, and much of her art still feels relevant and contemporary.
Paule Marrot Editions acquired all of her original woodblocks and drawings, and Natural Curiosities have since begun carefully reproducing them. Below are more of my favorites, as well as the one I ultimately purchased for myself.
I couldn't help myself; I think my San Antonio background coupled with my enchantment with Otomi embroidery (bright and complex imagery of flora and fauna) drew me to this piece, and I had to have it:
At 54" x 42", it's a big one. It currently resides in our dining room, where nearby fresh flowers draw out the vibrant and happy colors. One day it might hang in my office, or a nursery. Wherever it ends up, I know it'll be a piece that brings me joy for years to come.