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(In the Style of) Paule Vezelay
Surrealist Still Life with Blue and Purple Tones

1981

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Blue and purple toned surrealist still life with various shapes along the canvas. Canvas is framed in a gold frame. Dimensions without Frame: H 47 in x W 59 in x D .5 in. Biography of Artist the Work is in the Style of: Paule Vézelay was a British painter she was born Marjorie Watson-Williams in Bristol. Before the First World War she trained for a short period at the Slade and then at the London School of Art. She first gained recognition as a figurative painter, had her first London show in 1921 and was invited to join the London Group in 1922. She moved to France in 1926 and changed her name to Paule Vézelay possibly to identify herself with the School of Paris. In 1928 she abandoned figurative painting and made her first abstract work (which is now lost) and from then on worked exclusively in an abstract mode. Vezelay became well respected in modernist Parisian art circles and was elected in the 1930s to membership of the French abstract movement, Abstraction-Création, which was largely established as a reaction to Surrealism. After many difficulties and the refusal of some leading British abstract artists to join (including Victor Pasmore), she was successful in forming a small group of painters, sculptors and architects who held an exhibition in the Royal Festival Hall in 1955 which anticipated many elements of the much better known 1956 Whitechapel Gallery exhibition, 'This is Tomorrow'. In many of her works, Vézelay’s abstract imagery, such as floating quasi-biomorphic shapes, was outside the main characteristics of the constructivist approach. She had a lifelong aim of creating works which were "pleasing and happy” – not terms generally associated with Constructivism. The Tate Gallery gave her a retrospective exhibition in 1983 - a late recognition of the quality of her work and her significant place in art history as one of the first British artists to embark on a lifetime exploration and development of abstraction.

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  • Creator
    (In the Style of) Paule Vezelay
  • Creation Year
    1981
  • Dimensions
    Height: 49 in. (124.46 cm)Width: 60 in. (152.4 cm)Depth: 1.5 in. (3.81 cm)
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  • Gallery Location
    Houston, TX
  • Reference Number
    Seller: A2019.0330.7571stDibs: LU55134207732

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