Paule Vézelay Construction. Grey Lines on Pink Ground 1938

Artwork details

Artist
Paule Vézelay 1892–1984
Title
Construction. Grey Lines on Pink Ground
Date 1938
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 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.

March 2011

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