Magnificent French Vintage Mid Century Horse Racing Tapestry by Lars Gynning, Country of Origin / Rug Type: French Rug, Circa Date: Mid – 20th Century – Woven in Aubusson France, this stunning vintage French Lars Gynning tapestry is a marvelous work of textile art that depicts the iconic horse racing scene design. An antique vibe is created by the apparel of the people in the scene, the archaic structure of the fences as well as the artistic impressionist approach to the design itself.
This tapestry’s geometric designs and brilliant color play create a sophisticated feel of motion. When viewed up close and in person, this masterfully designed vintage mid century tapestry will transport the observer into a whole new, yet historical world.
The brown earth tone undertones provide visual depth in the illustration. This rich brown hue is used to express shadows that are cast by the geometric people and horses in the picture. These shadows are strictly confined to triangular based structures that give the entire scene a somewhat strident effect. These effect further accentuates the swiftness of the lighter colored horses as well as the energetic business of the spectators on the other side of the fence.
The race horses, which are depicted in strained horizontal triangular structures, carry tiny jockeys on their backs. The race horses themselves appear to be leaping swiftly over the fence and charging to the right of the rug where the scene abruptly stops. This abrupt end to the racing pattern, leaves plenty of room for our imagination to fill in the blanks.
A singular tall torch stands near the right edge of the mid century horse racing tapestry . This lamp provides the only source of light to illuminate the racing scene. This light draws the shadows even more poignantly across the ground. This is why the shadows are cast from top right to bottom left.
The fence that surrounds the racing arena is an intricate signature that is reminiscent of primitive and tribal wonder. In stark contrast to the design of the fence, the skillful use of only straight geometric shapes throughout this tapestry hints at a more contemporary mid century artistic expression. This is just one of the many juxtaposing elements that make this mid century horse racing tapestry so fascinating.
This timeless piece offers us a glimpse into a day in the life of European high society. One filled with the fun of being out doors coupled with the excitement of a day at the races. It is a magnificent work of art that is sure to add a fantastical artistic dimension to any room’s interior decor.