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Dividing his time between Cairo and Paris and an unconditional lover of Egypt, Louis Barthelemy drew on the symbols of ancient Egypt: pairs of animals, praise for the nativity, a hippopotamus erected as a divinity, lotus flowers with magical powers, zigzag patterns representing the ancient Nile, ending in a circle evoking infinity, stars covering the ceilings of the temples... All these elements are available in wallpapers and panoramic designs whose paper frame and iridescent finish evoke a contemporary retranscription of a papyrus. In another version, they are also majestically embroidered with wool on rustic linen, a plant fibre sacred in Egypt symbolising purity and the goddess Isis. The artist, after a phase of research and conceptualisation, first draws with a pencil to create the outlines of what will become a wallpaper or a fabric. He finalizes the drawing on the computer in order to adapt it to the current means of production and to colour it according to the emotion he wishes to arouse. Through the scarves that Louis Barthelemy designe d for Dior, the tapestries or collection of shoes that he created for Louboutin and this almost pop fresco that he imagined for Pierre Frey, the duality dear to the artist between East and West, the chaos of Cairo and the institutional order of Paris, the work of the hand and that of the computer, contemporary creation and references to antiquity... Louis Barthélémy's work fits in perfectly with Pierre Frey's Merveilles d'Egypte collection in collaboration with the Louvre Museum and conveys with finesse a continuous reading of a cultural and universal heritage.
The collections of textiles, wallpapers and rugs " Merveilles d'Egypte " resonate with the sacred art, materialized by the pyramids and their decorations with a form of celebration of life on the Nile. They pay tribute to an Egyptomania born at the end of the 18th century with the Egyptian campaign, whose civilization, power, mystery and refinement have never ceased to fascinate scientists, historians and artists.
Working in partnership with the Louvre to celebrate, in particular, the bicentenary of the discovery of hieroglyphs by Champollion in 1822, the Maison Pierre Frey new collection displays a wide range of motifs and drawings, between faithful reproductions and free inspirations, with a respectful view of the preserved works but also a contemporary and graphic reading.
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