Paule Vézelay
Lines in Space No. 34 1954

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Paule Vézelay 1892–1984
Lines in Space No. 34
Date 1954
Medium Wire and thread on cardboard in wooden case
Dimensions Object: 390 x 467 x 50 mm, 4 kg
Acquisition Purchased 1963

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Vézelay began what she called ‘Investigations into Three Dimensions: Pictures of stretched threads and strings’ in Paris in 1935. Even within the orbit of the international avant-garde grouping Abstraction-Création, they were a radical departure from orthodox painting. Vézelay later complicated the geometry through the introduction of curved wire, as seen in this example. ‘Was there any reason’, she wrote, ‘why artists should continue to confine Living Lines to a two-dimensional surface while ordinary lines outside the Realm of Art enjoyed freedom in Space?’

December 2011

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