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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.



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Drawings & works on paper



Untitled - Details


Untitled 1953
9 x 10.75 inches
Pastel on paper
Ref: PV391. Private collection.
Untitled - Details


Untitled 1934
14.25 x 10 inches
Coloured pencil and pastel on paper
Ref: PV398
Three Forms - Details


Three Forms c 1936
5 x 7 inches
Ink on paper
Ref: PV143
Fragile Construction - Details


Fragile Construction 1934
10 x 8 inches
Ink and pastel on paper
Ref: PV35
Formes - Details


Formes 1934
10.25 x 12.5 inches
Pencil on paper
Ref: PV171
Untitled - Details


Untitled 1934
9.5 x 7 inches
Pencil on paper
Ref: PV397
Two Forms on a Brown Oval - Details


Two Forms on a Brown Oval 1972
20.5 x 26.5 inches
Pastel on paper
Ref: PV97 Private collection
Contrasted Forms - Details


Contrasted Forms 1933
10.5 x 8.25 inches
Pastel on paper
Ref: PV170
Nine Lines – White on Black - Details


Nine Lines – White on Black 1937
25 x 19.5 inches
Collage on black paper
Ref: PV310 Private collection
Three Forms (Curved Amplitude) - Details


Three Forms (Curved Amplitude) 1949
12.75 x 16.25 inches
Charcoal on paper
Ref: PV334 Private collection
Drawing - Details


Drawing 1933
9.75 x 14.75 inches
Pencil on Japan paper
Ref: PV260 Private collection
Three Forms and Six Circles - Details


Three Forms and Six Circles c 1950s
20.5 x 25.5 inches
Collage on black paper
Ref: PV175 Private collection
Flying Forms - Details


Flying Forms 1948
23.75 X 28.75 inches
Charcoal on paper
Ref: PV73
Two Forms Holding Two Ovals - Details


Two Forms Holding Two Ovals 1971
18 x 25 inches
Pastel and collage
Ref: PV160 Private collection
Ten Forms - Details


Ten Forms c 1936
6 x 8 inches
Ink on paper
Ref: PV61 Private collection
The Green Form - Details


The Green Form 1966
20 x 28 inches
Collage on card
Ref: PV215 Private collection
Angles and Curves - Details


Angles and Curves 1979
9.75 x 13 inches
Pastel on paper
Ref: PV166 Private collection
Three Forms with Stripes - Details


Three Forms with Stripes 1947
7.25 x 9.25 inches
Pencil on paper
Ref: PV337 Private collection
A Group of Four Forms - Details


A Group of Four Forms 1972
8 x 12 inches
Pastel on paper
Ref: PV353 Private collection
Three Grey Forms - Details


Three Grey Forms 1934
9 x 12 inches
Pastel on paper
Ref: PV39 Private collection
Untitled - Details


Untitled 1933
11.5 x 6.5 inches
Pencil and pastel on paper
Ref: PV401
Two Forms Balancing Two Forms - Details


Two Forms Balancing Two Forms 1966
19 x 24 inches
Pastel on paper
Ref: Private collection
Eight Forms and Three Circles - Details


Eight Forms and Three Circles (on Grey Paper) 1963
17.5 x 23.75 inches
Pastel on paper
Ref: PV85 Private collection
Composition - Details


Composition c 1936
19.5 x 15.25 inches
Coloured crayon on tracing paper
Ref: PV30 Private collection
Winter - Details


Winter 1941
34.75 x 27.25 inches
Charcoal on paper
Ref: PV66 Private collection
Untitled - Details


Untitled c 1935
8.5 X 10.75 inches
Pastel on paper
Ref: PV49 Private collection
Untitled - Details


Untitled (Sketch for Despair, Hope and Joy) 1934
6.25 x 10 inches
Watercolour and pencil on paper
Ref: Private collection
The Introduction - Details


The Introduction (Study for a painting) c 1931
7.5 x 10.5 inches
Pencil and pastel on paper
Ref: PV259
Le Bois (South of France) - Details


Le Bois (South of France) c 1930
19 x 30.5 inches
Pastel on paper laid on board
Ref: PV247
Personnages sur un Toit - Details


Personnages sur un Toit 1930
16 x 12.5 inches
Gouache on paper
Ref: PV22 Private collection