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In 1936 Paule Vézelay embarked on a radical series of reliefs, of which this is one, whose only material would be cotton thread stretched taut to create simple works that investigate space by embodying it rather than purely representing it in an illusionistic way. These works were first exhibited in Paris in 1937 under the label of ‘Investigation into Three Dimensions: Pictures of stretched threads and strings’.

This work’s simplicity and purity of conception and construction can be identified with a spiritual vision of reality. For Vézelay such an art was a preparation for a new society and consciousness.

February 2010