12 November 2009



PAULE MARROT made her debut at NATURAL CURIOSITIES this season! French textile artist,painter, engraver, teacher. Paule Marrot's work was celebrated at NATURAL CURIOSITIES with the introduction of wonderfully large reproductions of her fabric design sketches and patterns. Paule Marrot's life in art was influenced by Impressionist Auguste Renoir and Fauvist Raoul Dufy. Billy Baldwin and Jacqueline Kennedy American style makers both- loved Marrot's fabrics.

Natural Curiosities recently acquired the beautiful textile archives of.. Paule Marrot (1902-1987).  Early in her career, Marrot shifted her emphasis from painting to textiles to create expressive patterns from the 1920s through the 1950s.  Marrot’s bold use of flowers, color and patterns reflect a compositionally modernist style classically associated with the Art Deco movement. Marrot’s artistic influences include the expressive writings of Marcel Proust, as evident in her work Du coté de chez Swann, based on Proust’s book In Search of Lost Time. from theNATURAL CURIOSITIES site.

All the Marrot works are large most 42" x 54" making the series captivating and joyous. I loved seeing them en masse. It would be hard to choose just one.

& in detail

“You paint with your heart the flowers of the fields, 
love, youth, the seasons, everything that is wonderful in life,”
Andre Arbus

Several years ago Brunschwig and Fils introduced a PAULE MARROT Collection. Marrot designed the B&F selected prints in the 30's, 40's and 50's in Paris. In 1945 Marrot brought her French collection to America. Jacqueline Kennedy designed a living room around Paule's LES TULIPES COTTON PRINT. I must search out my design books for a picture of this room.

images above & below from Style Court here

Do peruse the works on the NATURAL CURIOSITIES site & see the color and impact the Marrot collection makes. My photographs- are a real injustice to Madame-but I was in a MAD RUSH. This was the highlight of Market for me. NATURAL CURIOSITIES always takes a modern approach to their art. By taking many images from the past and presenting them on a large scale- they completely change the message of a photograph or print. Last market I purchased several of their original antique prints & my friend and business partner purchased two LARGE pieces from their OCEANA Seaweed Collection here

Hayden-Harnett Paule Marrot Editions here


  1. Thank you for this introduction to this artist, and the contemporary company with their larger than Life use of archival resources. It is very exciting.

  2. Love this artist. A large range, it might be fun to mix a the yellow bouquet and the modern black together or more detailed drawings with the abstract. I would love to have a sunroom full of them. Great post and I can see why you were excited about this work.

  3. FYI: Marrot's work was first carried in America in the mid 1930s, when Ruby Ross Wood brought some samples to the attention of showroom owner Margaret Owen. Her work is fabulous, no? I love the red/pink vertical dots.

  4. The sale of these archives distresses me greatly. Marrot needs to have a book about her, à la Florence Broadhurst. And scattering her work only makes that less possible.

  5. Aesthete,I do love these. they are so great to see, the pics on the website are much better colorwise. Thanks for the RMW link.

  6. Anon.8:36 There is a book in French(I believe) on her official site with all the links to the licenses authorized. I was surprised when I went to the site and saw the extensive products-the estate is obviously determined to keep her work alive, which is quite wonderful.According to Christopher of Natural Curiosities the use of these is for a limited time only- so they will be limited editions at NC so to speak. I believe he said 2 or 3 years. la

  7. This is wonderful! I thank you for introcucing her to us! I really had not heard about her!

    Have a nice weekend!


  8. I will take the Clouds, please. Love the Natural Curiosities link...I could spend hours there.

  9. Such innocent elan in her work. A gorgeous post, thank you Gaye.

  10. what a wonderful post, so much information ! thank you very much and I hope you have a fabulous weekend !

  11. Greet- her things still look fresh-love the prints. G

  12. Janet- it would be hard to pick one-Clouds yes- I love the modern pieces too. with clouds of course.g

  13. Rose- I thought you would appreciate her work- love the whimsy and then the hard edge.Hope you go to her site to see more of the fabrics still available. G

  14. Elise, Thanks, a pleasure to present it to you- and yes PM has touched many areas-which is what makes her so great- and somewhat Unexplored and unknown-even better! GT

  15. Very hard to choose just one although I'm partial to the large blue one w/diff color floating shapes and the one w/the red & pink dots. Thanks for this post - I feel like I learned something today!

  16. I love Paule Marot's creation and I love the fact that Brunschig is selling her fabrics again.



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