Paper collage and ink on canvas, series Fragment #2. Signed on the back. Not framed.
Paper collage is a technique of artistic creation that consists in organizing a plastic creation by using an assemblage of different forms and shapes using paper and the combination of separate elements of all kinds.
Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso (with his still life in the cane chair) produced, in 1912-1913, the first pictorial collages.
Nathalie Fontenoy is a French artist working and living in Paris.
Her painting is at the edge of abstraction and figuration . where color plays an essential role, his work has given rise to various personal and collective exhibitions in France and abroad.
She comes from a family of artists. Her grand mother Lizica Codréano choreographer dancer (picture number 8 )
The dancer Lizica Codréano in P ’dit Parigot, film by René Le Somptier, 1926 performance and sets costumes by Sonia Delaunay (picture number 9)
originally from Romania, she arrives in Paris with her sister Iréne Codréano, sculptor and very quickly they are at the heart of the Parisian artistic avant-garde.
Close friends of Brancusi, Irene will be assistant of the sculptor, and Lizica will give performances at the edge of the performance in Constantin Brancusi's studio, especially on Erik Satie's Gymnopedies.
Between 1920 and 1930, Lizica will produce her creations on the Parisian art scene, from Darius Milhaud, Cocteau, Tzara, Soupault, Apollinaire, Picasso, Leger and will dance in sets and costumes from Delaunay.
Nathalie Fontenoy Lizica's granddaughter Codréano is a very known visual artist, her work fits in a historical continuity, she appropriates this inheritance, transform it, reinterpret it. She develops her creations in a dialogue with works of art
the first part of the 20th century.
Her painting is at the edge of abstraction and figuration where color is essential, her work has been shown in many personal and collective exhibitions in France and abroad.
She works on several series with different techniques, acrylic on canvass, paper collage, and inks on paper, weaving of photo papers…
Nathalie Fontenoy, Artist and Designer , Master in Fine Arts and Semiology (Iconography), University of Paris – Sorbonne, build her renowned through her transversal approach to creation :
Graphic design for Habitat (textile, carpet), Toulemonde Bochard, Elvé,
Roche-Bobois, Delse, Swatch, Dupont, Galeries Lafayette and more...
She also made a “revisited” furniture collection, winning the VIA label, which was presented in many exhibitions.
Her visual art teaching activities stress the dialogue between architecture and urban landscape. She has developed a course on color for students in architecture at the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture (ESA) in Paris. She also taught at EPSAA (a Paris architecture school) and EFAP image-
Nathalie Fontenoy also participate at the conception and realization of cultural projects at the “Domaine de Chamarante” and the interactive exhibition “Inventer 89” with the Claude Mollard abcd agency and has recently conceived three installation projects:
- “Résonance Quantique” which confronts three Brancusi artworks with present astrophysics knowledge, with the active participation of Daniel Kunth, astrophysicist
- “Singulier portrait ou la tentation iconique” which brings into play our basic relation to images in relation with theology.
- “Experience immediate des sens” based on Edgar Morin work
- Scenography for international Dance Companies (Angelin Preljocaj, Karine Saporta), prizewinner for best scenography for “inventer 89” contest organized by the French ministry of Culture.