"Young Pensive Bigoudène By René Quillivic - Quimper Earthenware - Manufacture Hb Quimper - Brittany"White earthenware. Manufacture HB Quimper, around 1925.
René Quillivic (1879 - 1969): was born in Plouhinec, near Audierne Bay, into a family of fishermen. After the death of his brother at sea, he abandoned fishing and became a carpenter, which allowed him to learn carpentry and wood carving. The "tour de France" that he undertakes with "the companions of duty" takes him through the construction site of the Universal Exhibition of 1900 in Paris where he enrolled during the evening of the School of Decorative Arts. He then entered in 1903 in the workshop of the sculptor Antonin Mercié at the School of Fine Arts. His first works exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français in 1905 then at the Salon des Indépendants in 1907 testify to his attachment to Brittany and his desire to deal with subjects inspired by everyday life. From 1919, he was entrusted with the creation of monuments to the dead. In 1920, he became artistic director at the faience factory HB in Quimper, where he sought to renew the decorations by drawing on the vocabulary of embroidery. His style is marked by the desire to give a modern image of Brittany. In this sense, he seeks to combine the precision of decorative patterns with the stylization of forms, sometimes almost geometric.