Tapestry “Centaur”, 1959
Made at the MTP – Manufactura de Tapeçarias de Portalegre
Unique Edition. Made to order to the architect Conceição Silva.
With certificate from the factory, showing register number.
Factory mark: TMP GFino
Signed: Pomar 59
200 x 100 cm
Júlio Pomar was one of the first artists to collaborate with the factory in 1948. Three of his most significant Portalegre tapestries can be seen at the atrium of the Caixa Geral de Depositos Headquarters, in Lisbon.
MTP – Manufactura de Tapeçarias de Portalegre. Art tapestry, every Portalegre tapestry is in fact an original work of art by itself, due to its own properties and the means used to translate the original. By means of a totally manual procedure it has as the starting point an original painting by a known Portuguese or foreign artist. Portalegre technique allows high definition on small details and the creation of very precise forms as well as unique structural characteristics.
Portalegre tapestries are highly decorative, the result of a combination of factors: being based on originals of recognised quality, their size, the fact that the technique produces work with a smooth surface, and that the decorative weft is 100% wool, which means that although the colours used may be luminous, the finish work does not shine like an oil-painting.
This “Centaur” tapestry by Júlio Pomar is absolutely stunning, and the uncommon vertical format enhances the centaur pose and composition.