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Vézelay began drawing on canvas in the late 1920s, and discovered what she called ‘a special quality’ in drawing with charcoal. She was particularly interested in the various ways an illusion of space can be created on a two-dimensional surface. Discussing this work, she wrote: ‘spheres and circles are static, consequently they have a stabilizing power in composition... yet if they are changed and become spheroid they may lose their stability and become in some sense pliable... then they can be used to indicate directions or movements, in order to balance or counter-act the movements of other elements in the composition’.

March 2011