Pierre Toulhoat

Among all of the artists who at one time or another have collaborated with the Maison Le Minor, Pierre Toulhoat holds a special place. Indeed, he is the artist with the longest collaboration with the Maison, over the years supplying a huge number of models in the most disparate domains.
Born in Quimper, Toulhoat also studied there at the Likès college. The war years saw him teaching English, being a draughtsman for the Ponts-et-Chaussées Engineering Grande Ecole, but also participating in the liberation of Quimper and the Crozon peninsula with the 6th company of the FFI Batallion, (supporters of the General de Gaulle)  was a scout and a fellow- traveller of the "Bleun Brug", two movements which were to provide him with fruitful encounters. In 1946, after a short spell as a journalist, he began to work with stained glass, and faience (with the maison Kéraluc, which had just been founded by Victor Lucas. In 1947 he left to continue his artistic training in Paris, receiving his diploma in the decorative arts (sculpture) in 1951. He then returned to Quimper to teach ceramic art and sculpture at the École des Beaux-Arts of Quimper. He married Yvonne Lucas in 1952.

His meeting with Marie-Anne Le Minor dates from just after the war, when the young artist from Quimper was still a student at the École des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and one of the team of young artists recruited by Victor Lucas to provide designs for the Keraluc pottery.
Pierre Toulhoat is a "glazik", (that is, from Quimper and its surroundings), a great connoisseur of traditional Breton art, with the enquiring mind of one interested both in the arts and in their techniques.

Toulhoat's collaboration with the Maison LE MINOR  dates from 1948 with the creation of the Penmarc’h scarf, in which individual Bigouden motifs  are reworked by him into an original design. Produced in a range of  different colours, it was quickly adopted by the women of the Bigouden for many of whom in the post-war years the traditional Breton head-dress and  costume were still their daily attire. Penmarc’h even became an element of their costume. Over the years, he would be responsible for over a dozen scarf-designs for LE MINOR. A certain number of these (such as 'Bois d'Amour') would also appear as table-linen.
Toulhoat occupied pride of place in the revival of the art of embroidery, and especially in that of banners, whilst also  entrusting  the embroiderers of LE MINOR with the making of large decorative panels, of which probably the best known is one representing a cock-fight. A number of large-scale works were private commissions, often of monumental proportions. Such, for instance, is a Nativity for the Abbey of Landevennec, on the Crozon peninsula. 

Toulhoat occupied pride of place in the revival of the art of embroidery, and especially in that of banners, whilst also  entrusting  the embroiderers of LE MINOR with the making of large decorative panels, of which probably the best known is one representing a cock-fight. A number of large-scale works were private commissions, often of monumental proportions. Such, for instance, is a Nativity for the Abbey of Landevennec, on the Crozon peninsula. 

In addition to all these works, and techniques, Toulhoat is also a gold-smith who founded his own brand-name of jewellery in the 1950s. As a ceramic artist he would also become one of the pillars of the Maison Keraluc, creating a number of immense decorative panels that can  be seen for instance  in the Collège Briseux in Quimper, or in the head-quarters of the Conseil Régional of Brittany in Rennes, or again at the site of Ifremer in Locmaria-Plouzané.

 

A regular and prolific collaborator of the Maison LE MINOR - the ideal partner for show-casing his creative verve, at times lyrical or mythological, but always lush and abundant.And last but not least, he is responsible for the interior design of the LE MINOR boutique on the Quai Saint Laurent in Pont-L'Abbé.

His work, which is both timeless and knows no boundaries is one of the richest artistic resources of the Maison LE MINOR,and we are proud to produce and promote it.

Embroidered banner of Saint Corentin from a design by Pierre Toulhoat (1953).

Among Pierre Toulhoat's major works, we pick out the following:

- the stained-glass windows in Sein, Ouessant, Landudal, Plougonvelin, Tal ar Groaz, Lababan, Maël-Carhaix, Kerpert, Langonnet, CNEXO (Ifremer) ;

- the polychrome ceramic bas-reliefs to be seen in: Quimper railway station, the Lycée des Filles in Quimper, CNEXO (Ifremer), the Stations of the Cross in the chapel of the Maritime Hospital in Brest, and in the church of Plougonvelin;

- textiles for LE MINOR: banners and embroidered textiles for many churches and chapels in the Finistère, Morbihan, and Loire-Atlantique;

- posters for the "Bleun Blug", the Cornwall Festival;

-Pierre Toulhoat  jewellery and articles in gold; holy vessels,  Bishops' croziers, crosses, the creation of the Collier d'Hermine;

- medals: Monnaie de Paris, effigy of Pierre Hélias, medallions of Mgr Faubel andMgr Barbu for their memorial in the cathedral of Quimper;

- sculptures: bronze, enamel;

His work would be honoured with various awards: Médaille de l’Académie d’Architecture, Grand Prix Départemental des Metiers d’Art, Collier de l’Hermine.

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