Jean-Paul PHILIPPE (born in 1944), “Abstract Composition-1974” wall hanging in velvet



What I like

I like this wall hanging for this abstract decor which recalls certain creations from the 1930s. Let’s not forget that it was at this time, at the beginning of the 1970s, that Art Deco was rediscovered, in particular thanks to the Jacques Doucet’s sale, orchestrated by Me Solanet: trend setters such as Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent are passionate about the creations of this era.

I like the superb composition on a dark brown background, deploying these striped or different beige patterns on a large rust-orange solid.

I also like the fact that this hanging is a unique work, born from a small series.

Finally, the career and work of Jean-Paul Philippe are absolutely fascinating: we will take a look at his website

I think that the quality of his sculpted work, which occupied him more from 1976, is attested by the purchases by museums (Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris, National Contemporary Art Fund, etc.), the commissions public, exhibitions throughout Europe, in particular at the Galerie Jeanne Bucher… He is also the winner of numerous prizes (Bourdelle Prize, Dumas-Millier Prize of the Academie des Beaux-Arts- Institut de France, Grand Prize for Sculpture of the Foundation Del Duca…) not to mention his election as an associate member by the Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium, succeeding Eduardo Chillida!

We have the chance to present a youthful work by an artist who is 30 years old, but already in possession of all his talent!!

Technical description

Jean-Paul PHILIPPE (born in 1944)

Abstract composition”-1974

Velvet wall hanging, spray projection of aniline dyes with covers.

Monogrammed “JP” and dated 74 at the bottom left.

Unique copy.

Two small, faint discolorations.

We thank Jean-Paul Philippe who authenticated this piece in a photo and told us the technique and circumstances of creation.

In the 1970s, J.P. Philippe created unique fabrics painted using this technique for Denise Bourillon, a stylist located at 101, rue du Bac-Paris VII, which the latter used for her creations. He also created some rare hangings, all equally unique, for decorative purposes: the one we present is one of them.

Dimensions and weight

Height: 130 cm – Width: 71,5 cm – Depth: 0,5 cm

Weight:1 kg

Mix & Match

This beautiful hanging by Jean-Paul Philippe is a work of art and as such it has the legitimacy to adorn all walls, whatever the type of furniture or decoration. It will spread its elegant atmosphere, its refined chromatism wherever it is located: let us add that its character as a unique piece will give your home a marked distinctive character!

Its palette of browns and tans will allow it to coexist wonderfully with our little 1830 mahogany chaise longue! or with the walnut of the large office of the Banque de France from the 1960s! We also think of the mahogany of the large “Oeil” sideboard by Joseph André Motte published by Les Huchers in the same years! Its cubist pattern will respond to the more austere lines of the Grass Hopper armchairs by Sonja Wasseur, from the end of the 60s or early from the 70s but also with the clean lines of the G10 armchairs by Pierre Guariche.

Much smaller in size than the “Composition metallica” tapestry by Enrique Broglia, it takes up its palette and can easily be exhibited in the same room!

Obviously, the smoked plexiglass combined with the beige suede of the two armchairs produced by Apelbaum-Paris at the end of the 1960s will benefit from the beauty of our hanging.

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The artist

Jean-Paul Philippe was born in France in 1944 and devoted himself to painting very early on. From the age of 16, he attended the Beaux-Arts in Paris, without ever wanting to join a master’s workshop. In 1960 a first trip to Italy had a profound impact on him and he decided to stay in Florence the following year where he worked in the Drawings Cabinet of the Uffizi Museum. From then on he travels. Out of necessity and curiosity he practices various disciplines.

It was around 1973 that sculpture became the preferred medium for a free work, which does not claim to belong to any group, school or system: an interior archeology where only encounters and travels leave their imprints visible. A work which also adapts to the constraints of monumental creation linked to public space and which finds therein one of its reasons for being.

This work is accomplished from the intimacy of the workshop to the public space, from drawings to sculptures, from creations in an urban environment or linked to the natural environment. Several events, notably at the Jeanne-Bucher gallery in Paris, exhibitions in various museums in France and abroad, some monumental and public interventions have been able to reflect this gesture, which seeks nothing other than the complicity of a look and a body, between forgetting and memory, stones and papers, absence and presence.


Beginning of the creation of the monumental work Résonances.

This project for Roque d’Anthéron, in the Bouches du Rhône, is being implemented in the Adrechs park and on the ITER site in Cadarache.

ITER is one of the most ambitious projects in the world carried out by 35 countries to design a machine capable of producing non-CO2 emitting energy from the energy of the sun and stars. ITER is a partner of the Résonances project with the City of La Roque d’Anthéron.

2019 – 2020

Development and work at the Maison Atelier Evidence(s), in preparation for the exhibition planned for 2020 at the Jeanne Bucher Jaeger gallery entitled Le Jardin des Mélancolies which was to present the workshop.

Creation of the sculpture A cenotaph boat.

The exhibition is postponed for health reasons to May 2022.


On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the installation of the Site Transitional sculpture, the Site Transitional association is publishing the brochure Dialoghi lunari by Antonio Prete and Jean-Paul Philippe, images by Véronique Koehler, Andromeda edition, limited to 100 copies including a master print of 15 copies accompanied by an original drawing by Jean-Paul Philippe.

Departure from the workshop on rue Saint-Simon in Paris and installation in the Maison Atelier Evidence(s) in Périgny sur Yerres in Val-de-Marne.

Inauguration of the work Below the Sky or the Noose Catcher at Basel-Mulhouse airport, a work and event echoing the Sculptor’s Drawings exhibition at the Jeanne Bucher Jaeger gallery.


Presentation of the sculpture Résonances, a project for La Roque d’Anthéron, Musée Granet in Aix en Provence on the occasion of the exhibition Passion de l’art – Galerie Jeanne Bucher Jaeger since 1925.

Inauguration of La Bottega by Jean-Paul Philippe, a permanent exhibition space around the history of the monumental work Transitional Site and headquarters of the Transitional Site association which organizes events and guided tours.

Il Sito e la Luna, Exhibition at the Palazzo Corboli Museum in Asciano, installation drawings and texts by Jean-Paul Philippe and texts by Antonio Prete.

Creation of the mirror and video installation La Pelle della Luna.


Question of painting, Collective exhibition at the Jeanne Bucher Jaeger Gallery.

Exhibition of a painting from the Metro series.

Metro ‘72 is a set of 8 paintings, the last before he devoted himself entirely to sculpture.

Creation of the Résonances model.

Project for the City of La Roque d’Anthéron, an echo in France of monumental sculpture Transitional site in Asciano, Italy.

Departure from the Fonteluco workshop, an old Middle Ages farm located in Serre de Rapolano, near Siena in Italy.

Restructuring and creation in Asciano, near Siena of La Bottega di Jean-Paul Philippe, a gallery dedicated to the memory of sculpture Transitional site from its creation, to artistic encounters and theatrical events: posters, paintings, videos, sculptures, photographs.

La Bottega becomes Jean-Paul Philippe’s new workshop.


Design, production and installation of liturgical furniture for the choir of the Objat church, Corrèze, France.

Heritage Prize for this work.

Resonances at Silvacane Abbey at Roque d’Anthéron. Exhibition around theatrical events held at the Transitional Site: videos, photographs, sculptures, posters.

Quinte-Essence Collective exhibition on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Jeanne Bucher Jaeger Gallery in Paris, with presentation of the sculpture Le Jardin des Mélancolies I


Design and production of a model A hopscotch for Europe, exhibited on the occasion of the exhibition Matière et Mémoire, Galerie Jeanne Bucher Jaeger, Paris, France and on the occasion of 14-18, it’s our story at the Museum of Europe, Brussels, Belgium.


A window without a wall, a house without a roof, L’Apostrophe theater des Louvrais in Cergy-Pontoise. Exhibition around theatrical events held at the Transitional Site: videos, photographs, sculptures, posters.


Exhibition A window without a wall, a house without a roof, at the Apostrophe theater, Cergy-Pontoise, France.

Interior Archaeologies, Jeanne Bucher Jaeger Gallery, Paris, France

Production of the Arthésée video.


Winner of the Grand Prix for sculpture from the Del Duca Foundation, Paris, France

Monographic exhibition Interior Archeologies at the Espace d’Art Contemporain Fernet-Branca, St Louis, France.


Creation of Sky Mirrors for the Albert-Marquet park on the Seine-Aval site. Order from SIAAP.


Interior Archeologies exhibition at the Santa Maria della Scala Museum, Siena.

Exhibition and book produced in collaboration with Alessandra Rey.


Completion and inauguration of From Water to Air, work linked to the water treatment plant in the Paris Region.

Dialogue Beyond the Shadow, L’Osanna Nardò Gallery, Italy.


Elected associate of the Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium, sculpture section, succeeds Eduardo Chillida.


Realization From Water to Air.

The Institut de France Académie des Beaux-Arts awards him the Dumas-Millier prize in sculpture.


Pietà Bianca, sedia, town of Pontedera (Pisa), Italia.

Completion of Aleph, Alpha, A – place de l’Université, Rennes II. Exhibition Per transiti di venti e d’ombra at the Museum of Asciano Palazzo Corboli, dedicated to the ten years of the installation of the Transitional Site in the Crete senesi.

Presentation of the book Per transiti di venti e d’ombra, text by Antonio Prete, translation by Bernard Noël, drawings by Jean-Paul Philippe. Exhibition and book produced in collaboration with Alessandra Rey


Realization Aleph, Alpha, A – creation of a square in front of the University, Rennes II. Personal exhibition Interior archeology Alain Margaron gallery, Paris.

Personal exhibition Errances immobiles Bernard Noël/Jean-Paul Philippe at the cultural center Les Chiroux Liège (Belgium) and in parallel with the Comptoir du livre Liège (Belgium) presentation of the art book Le Chateau d’oeil by Bernard Noël, drawings by Jean-Paul Philip.


Installation of the sculpture-fountain La Lune embarks and redevelopment of the space of the Place de la Maison Communale de Woluwe Saint Pierre, Brussels.


Installation in the International Park of the city of Cairo of the monumental sculpture Marelles, Mémoires et Miroirs.

Personal exhibition From one hopscotch to others, Maisons des Arts, Malakoff, Paris. Intervention by Bernard Noël; illustrated leaflet, text: Bernard Noël, Jean-Paul Philippe, Reefat Sallam.

Creation of a Marelle Mnémosis rug for the Manufacture des Gobelins de Paris, Mobilier National collection (single copy).


Personal exhibition Marelles, Mémoires et Miroirs, project for a sculpture, Galerie Jeanne-Bucher, Paris; illustrated catalog. Texts dedicated to hopscotch by: Valère Novarina, Antonio Prete, Bernard Noël, Carlo Pasi, Antonio Tabucchi, Ginevra Bompiani, J.M.G. Le Clézio, Roberto Juarroz and Badr el Dib.

Personal exhibition A sculpture for Cairo, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris.


Stays in Egypt to produce Marelles, Mémoires et Miroirs in the granite quarries of Aswan for Cairo.


Winner of the Louis de Polignac Foundation prize.


Personal exhibition Marelles Mémoires et Miroirs Palazzo delle Stelline, Milan. Interventions by Valère Novarina, Antonio Prete and Bernard Noël.

Personal exhibition Marelles Mémoires et Miroirs at the Musée d’Ixelles, Brussels; illustrated catalogue/leaflet; texts by: Valère Novarina, Antonio Prete, Bernard Noël, Carlo Pasi, Antonio Tabucchi, Ginevra Bompiani, J.M.G. Le Clézio, Roberto Juarroz, Badr el Dib.


Participates in the first Sculpture Symposium in Aswan, Egypt, creates a granite sculpture Passages for the Museum of Open-air Sculpture in the granite quarries.

Personal exhibition Stele d’ombra at the Palazzo Pubblico Museum of Siena (Italy); illustrated catalog, texts by: Omar Calabrese, Antonio Prete and Jean-Paul Philippe; video by Maurizio Nuti Stele d’ombra.


Personal exhibition Steles of shadow drawings and sculptures at the Galerie Jeanne-Bucher, Paris; illustrated catalog: text Jean-Paul Philippe and Jean-François Jaeger.

Concert by Eric Tanguy Solo for solo cello, dedicated to the sculpture Site Transitaire. Readings by Bernard Noël Transitional site Antonio Prete La pietra et la scrittura

Created and installed the monumental sculpture L’Oscillante, Memoirs and Numbers for INSEE (National Institute of Statistics) in the city of Lille (France).


Installation of the monumental sculpture Transitional site on one of the hills of Siena, Crete Senesi-Asciano (Italy).

Personal exhibition Around the Transitional Site at the French Institute in Florence.

Personal exhibition at the Reims Cathedral Museum, Palais du Tau (France).

Personal exhibition Inclined Stones in Sallaumines (France); catalogue, text by Jean-Paul Philippe A letter to Michel Sohier.

Created Nine stones to decipher monumental sculpture for the Hôtel des Finances in Foix.


Exhibition 30 anni da Sem, Pietrasanta (Italy).

Exhibition The tightrope walker at the FIAC, Grand-Palais, for the Galerie Jeanne-Bucher, Paris.

Personal exhibition at the Galerie Jeanne-Bucher, Paris: The place of presence; catalog: text by Bernard Noël and Jean-François Jaeger.


Working on the creation of the monumental sculpture Transitional Site.


Personal exhibition at the ICC International Cultureel Centrum, Antwerp (Belgium); illustrated catalogue, interview between Jean-Paul Philippe and Glenn Van Looy.

Personal exhibition at the Galerie Marie-Christine Haumont, Brussels; illustrated leaflet.

Installation in the Brussels park Between earth and sky, the meridian tower, then acquired for a private collector and permanently installed on rue de Namur, Brussels.


Invited to Lasa, (Italy) as part of the International Symposium: produced The Wife of the Day, acquired by the town of Vouvry (Switzerland).

Laboratori d’arte alla Versiliana exhibition, Pietrasanta (Italy).


Sculptors of France exhibition at the Ixelles Museum, Brussels. The museum acquires Tramonto dell’autunno.

Exhibition at the Jouy-sur-Eure Sculpture Biennale.

Presentation of the Näktergal fountain (Birds of passage) as part of the Scultori di passaggio exhibition at Villa Schiff, Toscana.

Tra fiume e mare exhibition, Bocca di Magra (Italy).


Personal exhibition at the Galerie de l’Ancienne Poste and at the Musée de Calais, (France); catalog prefaced by Bernard Noël: The novel of the wheel.

The Museum of Modern Art of the city of Paris acquires From our final travels.


Face of European sculpture exhibition, Maubeuge Museum.


Personal exhibition at the Galerie Jeanne-Bucher, Paris: illustrated leaflet.

Creates the marble fountain At the End of the City, Blanche Assise, for the city of Montreuil, France; at the same time, exhibition of projects for the creation of the fountain at the Robert Desnos Library, Montreuil (France).


Personal exhibition at the Bourdelle Museum, Paris; catalog prefaced by Jean-Louis Pradel.

Exhibition The Great Absent, Ixelles Museum, Brussels.

The National Contemporary Art Fund acquires L’épigramme.

Creates the monumental sculpture Sicut umbrae dies nostri, for the Arsenal of Cherbourg, France.

Exhibition for the creation of the Museum of Pietrasanta (Italy): Il passato e la presence.

Exhibition La scultura degli stranieri, Pisa (Italy).

The Regional Contemporary Art Fund F.R.A.C Lorraine acquires Inoublitte.


Current Exhibition Franse Kunst, ICC, Antwerp (Belgium), which will then come to the Chartres Museum: Art Actuel, 12 proposals at the Chartres Museum; text by Jean-Louis Pradel.


Galerie Jeanne-Bucher, Paris: personal exhibition; illustrated leaflet.

Exhibition Scultori stranieri in Versilia at the Galleria Comunale of Forte dei Marmi (Italy).

Winner of the Bourdelle Prize (Jury: Poncet, Stahly, Penalba, Waldberg, Hajdu, E. Martin).


Works on Paper exhibition, Jacques Prévert Municipal Center, Villeparisis – (France). Pittori e scultori exhibition, Carrara (Italy).


Exhibition of drawings at the Cristal Gallery, Morioka (Japan).

Personal exhibition at Galerie Vienner, Paris; illustrated catalog.

Personal exhibition at Galerie La Prora, Viareggio (Italy); leaflet: text by Jean Coquelet.

The National Contemporary Art Fund acquires the Gisante sculpture.


Invited to the Numakumaï International Symposium, Iwate (Japan). Make a granite work 250x130x85 cm.

Exhibition of drawings at the Saïensu Gallery, Morioka (Japan).


Invited by the University of Texas at Dallas to create a sculpture workshop, he created works in stone, wood and rope, which will be the subject of an exhibition at the University of Texas, at the Contemporary Gallery in Dallas and at Lambert’s Place, Dallas. Works in Milan in the engraving workshop of Giorgio Upiglio.


Participates in the exhibition Scultori e artigiani in un centro storico, Pietrasanta (Italy).

Invited to the International Symposium in Liberty Hill, Texas (USA); made by Ricordo in limestone and ropes, 210x320x100 cm.

The editor

There is no publisher: this is a unique work!

A beautiful and authentic wall hanging at a fair price

This unique hanging by Jean-Paul Philippe has been carefully selected for its aesthetic qualities, its originality and its fair price. Our choice favors above all the acuity of the design, of which the signature of Jean-Paul Philippe, an artist recognized by international institutions and galleries, is a guarantee of the enhancement of your new acquisition in your interior and of an ability to interact with your furniture, match and mix to create a unique decoration.

Buying vintage works of art is surely a reasonable investment, such is the appetite for the 1970s, especially since our work is a unique example!

Finally, buying vintage works of art preserves the resources of planet earth.

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Dimensions 71,5 × 0,5 × 130 cm

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Dominique de Paillerets is passionate about objects and art. He likes to combine Design furniture from the 70s and the 18th century, in the spirit Combining refinement and the spirit of the seventies

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