Flornoy, Jean-Claude

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Jean-Claude Flornoy

Tarot contribution

Jean-Claude Flornoy has reproduced a number of early decks in the Marseille and other early French pattern.


Jean-Claude Flornoy (°Paris, 1950 - + Sainte-Suzanne, 2011) was a 'Cartier-enlumineur' living and working from the mediaeval town of Sainte-Suzanne, located between Paris and the western tip of France. Following studies centered around philosophy and psychology, he worked for 15 years as potter-ceramist, at the same time operating an hydraulic power station on a river in the Department of Mayenne.

He has devoted 20 years to the study of the Tarots of the French (Marseille) Tradition. In 1996 he undertook an oversized restoration of the tarot of Nicolas Conver (Marseille, 1760). His aim was to faithfully bring this traditional imagery back to life in all its original freshness. He then revived large-sized versions of other historic tarots from originals preserved in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris: Jean Noblet Tarot (Paris, c. 1650), Jean Dodal Tarot (Lyon, 1701) and a number of trumps from the Jacques Vieville Tarot (Paris, c. 1650). It was in painting each arcane on giant canvases (220 cm by 110 cm) that he was able to come to 'understand' the way the images are operative in themselves. He regularly transports them for exhibitions, and proposes conference-workshops in a variety of tarot-related contexts. <br\>

  • Link to biography on 'autorbis': [1]

Published works



The following decks have been reproduced handmade (trumps only) and industrialy (78 cards):

other artwork

A number of large reproductions from the Jean Noblet Tarot (circa 1760) deck have been made into display signs for shopfronts and other buildings.

In addition, Jean-Claude has made life-size painted metal cut-outs of some Dodal and Viéville trumps.

To see some of the signs and metal enlargements: http://www.letarot.com/enseignes/index.html and here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rkbxl/2820704327/



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