Vezelay, Paule: Crescents fabric – SOLD


A large piece of this distinctive fabric designed for Heal’s by a woman artist-designer actively associated with the French avant-garde and surrealist movement of the inter-war years and after.

The fabric is in very good condition and has a full selvedge which has been hemmed but unpicked.

More images can be provided on request.

Artist: Paule Vézelay (1892-1984)

Title and date: Crescents, 1960s

Size: 1m. 99 cms. x 126 cms.

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Artist description:

Paule Vézelay was an innovative British abstract artist who became an active member of the Parisian avant-garde. She was a member of the group Abstraction-Création and exhibited in several significant exhibitions of non-figurative art in Europe in the 1930s.

After moving to France and adopting the name Paule Vézelay, she lived for several years with the Surrealist artist André Masson, and mixed with many of the most significant artists of pre-war Paris including Kandinsky, Miro, Mondrian, Jean Arp and Sophie Tauber-Arp.

Vézelay’s early work was figurative, but apart from her Surrealist-inspired works from the 1930s and her wartime drawings, she was one of the first British artists to commit totally to the abstract movement. In 1939, Vézelay returned to England then continued to exhibit regularly in France after the war. In England, she almost disappeared from public view until the Tate Gallery retrospective exhibition of her work in 1983, her work is represented in museum and public collections in Britain and abroad.