Jungle Love is one of Hermes' most iconic carré, designed in 2000 by Robert Dallet, a well-known illustrator of the Paris natural history museum.
His first collaboration with Hermes dates back to 1985. In that year, during the Salon des Illustrateurs, the then president of Hermes, Jean-Louis Dumas immediately noticed Dallet's creative genius and asked him to design his first Carrè. Since then a fruitful and flourishing collaboration began. Among Dallet's best-known works, we can mention: Équateur, Jungle Love, La trêve de l'eau, Sichuan, Guépards, and Tendresse Féline. Nobody more than Dallet can return the beauty of these big cats in the most faithful and elegant way. As the title itself suggests, we are facing a courtship scene, an image of love.
Robert Dallet: Great Scarf by Hermés designed by Robert Dallet, who works in the National Museum of Natural History in Paris. In 1985, at the Salon des Illustrateurs, he was approached by Jean-Louis Dumas, then president of Hermès, who asked him if he would design a scarf. Kenya was to be his first, and the start of a collaboration that would last two decades. The most famous of his many other designs are Équateur, Jungle Love, La trêve de l’eau, Sichuan, Guépards, and Tendresse Féline.
HERMES: There is no-one like Robert Dallet –from the French Natural History Museum in Paris– to glorify the incomparable fur, the strong features and the might of the big cat, all the while staying perfectly true to life. Here, he illustrates a page of love. The intense fleeting moment when two solitary creatures come together to create new life. A few months from now, a couple leopard cubs will come into this world in a tree hollow or rocky crevice. But for now, the future parents size one another up carefully in this interpretation of a romantic parade. They are surveyed by the curious and amused eyes of the jungle’s most fragile inhabitants. An Indian paradise flycatcher flies overhead, daringly close while the big cats are absorbed in one another’s gaze. Its more cautious neighbors stay nestled in the foliage among delicate fragrant orchids: an ever-surprised galago, the exotically named African queen and cymothoe butterflies, and multicolored birds. The bee-eater who is named after its favorite snack, sunbirds with dazzling plumage who gorge on plant nectar, and lovebirds as inseparable as two children huddling together for warmth.
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