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Paule Vézelay

Paule Vézelay was born in England in 1892, but by the 1930s she had become an active member of the Parisian avant-garde after moving to France and adopting the name Paule Vézelay. Her long career and wide-ranging practice encompassed early figurative works, Surrealism and the mature abstract works for which she is best known.

England & Co have represented the Estate of Paule Vézelay since 1988, and these pages show selected works by Vézelay from various periods of her career: these include sold works from past exhibitions at the gallery as archive, and a selection of works currently available.

In 2010, the exhibition Lines in Space: Paule Vézelay & Linda Karshan featured  Linda Karshan's recent minimalist drawings as a complement to the purity of Paule Vézelay's constructions (the 'Lines in Space' series) and her related drawings spanning the 1930s to 1970. Drawings by Vézelay were also featured in the exhibitions Wandering Lines i and Wandering Lines ii at England & Co in 2011 and 2012. Paule Vézelay: Abstraction-Creation to Le Groupe Espace was held in 2012. Vézelay's sculpture - Five Forms (1935-36) - acquired from England & Co by Tate in 2000 - was displayed in Modern British Sculpture at the Royal Academy, London.

Tate holds an extensive collection of the work of Paule Vézelay and her work is held in other national and international museum collections. Vézelay was included in the collection displays Poetry and Dream at Tate Modern. She was recently the subject of a Spotlight room display at Tate Britain.

 Constructions & mixed media   Paintings   Prints   Sculpture   

Drawings & works on paper

Untitled - Details

Untitled 1953

Pastel on paper
9 x 10.75 inches

Ref: PV391. Private collection.
Untitled - Details

Untitled 1934

Coloured pencil and pastel on paper
14.25 x 10 inches

Ref: PV398
Three Forms - Details

Three Forms c 1936

Ink on paper
5 x 7 inches

Ref: PV143
Fragile Construction - Details

Fragile Construction 1934

Ink and pastel on paper
10 x 8 inches

Ref: PV35
Formes - Details

Formes 1934

Pencil on paper
10.25 x 12.5 inches

Ref: PV171
Untitled - Details

Untitled 1934

Pencil on paper
9.5 x 7 inches

Ref: PV397
Two Forms on a Brown Oval - Details

Two Forms on a Brown Oval 1972

Pastel on paper
20.5 x 26.5 inches

Ref: PV97 Private collection
Contrasted Forms - Details

Contrasted Forms 1933

Pastel on paper
10.5 x 8.25 inches

Ref: PV170
Nine Lines – White on Black - Details

Nine Lines – White on Black 1937

Collage on black paper
25 x 19.5 inches

Ref: PV310 Private collection
Three Forms (Curved Amplitude) - Details

Three Forms (Curved Amplitude) 1949

Charcoal on paper
12.75 x 16.25 inches

Ref: PV334 Private collection
Drawing - Details

Drawing 1933

Pencil on Japan paper
9.75 x 14.75 inches

Ref: PV260 Private collection
Three Forms and Six Circles - Details

Three Forms and Six Circles c 1950s

Collage on black paper
20.5 x 25.5 inches

Ref: PV175 Private collection
Flying Forms - Details

Flying Forms 1948

Charcoal on paper
23.75 X 28.75 inches

Ref: PV73
Two Forms Holding Two Ovals - Details

Two Forms Holding Two Ovals 1971

Pastel and collage
18 x 25 inches

Ref: PV160 Private collection
Ten Forms - Details

Ten Forms c 1936

Ink on paper
6 x 8 inches

Ref: PV61 Private collection
The Green Form - Details

The Green Form 1966

Collage on card
20 x 28 inches

Ref: PV215 Private collection
Angles and Curves - Details

Angles and Curves 1979

Pastel on paper
9.75 x 13 inches

Ref: PV166 Private collection
Three Forms with Stripes - Details

Three Forms with Stripes 1947

Pencil on paper
7.25 x 9.25 inches

Ref: PV337 Private collection
A Group of Four Forms - Details

A Group of Four Forms 1972

Pastel on paper
8 x 12 inches

Ref: PV353 Private collection
Three Grey Forms - Details

Three Grey Forms 1934

Pastel on paper
9 x 12 inches

Ref: PV39 Private collection
Untitled - Details

Untitled 1933

Pencil and pastel on paper
11.5 x 6.5 inches

Ref: PV401
Two Forms Balancing Two Forms - Details

Two Forms Balancing Two Forms 1966

Pastel on paper
19 x 24 inches

Ref: Private collection
Eight Forms and Three Circles - Details

Eight Forms and Three Circles (on Grey Paper) 1963

Pastel on paper
17.5 x 23.75 inches

Ref: PV85 Private collection
Composition - Details

Composition c 1936

Coloured crayon on tracing paper
19.5 x 15.25 inches

Ref: PV30 Private collection
Winter - Details

Winter 1941

Charcoal on paper
34.75 x 27.25 inches

Ref: PV66 Private collection
Untitled - Details

Untitled c 1935

Pastel on paper
8.5 X 10.75 inches

Ref: PV49 Private collection
Untitled - Details

Untitled (Sketch for Despair, Hope and Joy) 1934

Watercolour and pencil on paper
6.25 x 10 inches

Ref: Private collection
The Introduction - Details

The Introduction (Study for a painting) c 1931

Pencil and pastel on paper
7.5 x 10.5 inches

Ref: PV259
Le Bois (South of France) - Details

Le Bois (South of France) c 1930

Pastel on paper laid on board
19 x 30.5 inches

Ref: PV247
Personnages sur un Toit - Details

Personnages sur un Toit 1930

Gouache on paper
16 x 12.5 inches

Ref: PV22 Private collection