The dollar tapestry... The
most expensive dollar in the world.
This unique work represents the biggest U.S. dollar bill in the world, but nevertheless only measures 41 x 92 cms. The value of this work cannot be considered just for its originality.
Woven between 1983 and 1984, this tapestry brought out of a private collection demonstrates, once more, shows the excellence of the art of Aubusson tapestry.
If other artists were interested in the symbolism of the "green bill", of its front and its back, the most famous in the world, they often used it only as a cultural medium, than just as being simply monetary. This representation of Georges Washington: founding father of the United States of America, author of their Constitution and also a French citizen fits well in the genesis and the inspiration of Jacques Fadat's work: universalism, freedom and equality of peoples and nations.
The dollar tapestry aims to be an exploit, resulting in the finest executions in the art of weaving - in this case, by master weavers, Jean - Charles Tartière and André Chaulet- in one of the most difficult iconographies to realise due not only to the difference in scale but also due to its celebrity.
As from the conclusion of its weaving, the work hit the press headlines and the television news.
Apart from the universal impact of its theme, it is the quality of its execution that gives it all its value. Made out of wool (weft and weave) and silk thread, through this noble material, it acquires a brilliance, a solidity but also a fineness which no contemporary tapestry offers today. It needed six months work for weavers using an ancient 32 knot. The use of of silk was traditionally employed in Aubusson to draw or enhance the finest details: a face, a garment, petals.
The technical exploit and the singularity of the subject is not just limited to the great art of weaving, to represent the original image with all its details, it was necessary to choose a new technique: compose a new carton (model used by the weaver) from a negative enlarged so as to represent the slightest details of the bill in the necessary size. All the shades of grey needed for the depicting the face and the ornaments as well as the famous "green" of the bill were studied and a wool dye invented by masters dyers of Aubusson.
Just like its inspiration which crosses countries and oceans, this prestigious work is again intended to experience the nomadism of the ancestral art of tapestry and to find a great new collector.