A man of conviction and commitment, Jean Lurcat is recognized as the architect of the renaissance of the twentieth century tapestry . Born in the Vosges in 1892, Lurçat moved to Paris in 1912, taking up painting and in 1917 making his first tapestry. He travelled extensively over the next 20 years, exhibiting and designing. In the early 1940s he lived and worked in the castle of Saint-Laurent-les-Tours , where his talent and imagination can be seen in each room. Overlooking the town of Saint-Cere, the castle had belonged to the family of Turenne for eight centuries. It was here that Lurçat produced some of his most famous work such as The Song of the World and the Apocalypse Tapestry.
Jean Lurcat lived in his castle until his death in 1966, dividing his time between Paris and the Lot.