Paule VézelayConstruction. Grey Lines on Pink Ground 1938

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Artist
Paule Vézelay (1892‑1984)
Title
Construction. Grey Lines on Pink Ground
Date 1938
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 813 x 1159 mm frame: 860 x 1220 x 57 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1973
Reference
T01725

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Vézelay has been described as one of the first British artists to commit herself to abstraction. Born Marjorie Watson-Williams, she settled in Paris in 1926. She adopted the name Paule Vézelay to declare her internationalism and hide the fact that she was a woman. This work is based on what she saw as the most basic artistic language: curved and straight lines. It shows how these simple forms can suggest both space and movement.

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