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Paule Vézelay (1892-1984), Artist

Paule Vézelay (Marjorie Watson-Williams)

Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist of 5 portraits
Painter, sculptor, etcher and book illustrator. Born and brought up in Bristol, Watson-Williams went to the Slade School of Fine Art in 1911. in 1926 she settled in Paris, changed her name to Paule Vezelay, and began working in an abstract idiom. She became a member of the Société Abstraction-Création in 1934 and a friend of Hans Arp and his wife Sophie Taeuber-Arp, exhibiting with Arp and Wassily Kandinsky in Milan in 1938. On the outbreak of war in 1939 she returned to Bristol where she recorded bomb damage and barrage balloons. In the 1950s she designed textiles for Heal's.

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Paule Vézelay

by Paule Vézelay (Marjorie Watson-Williams)
oil on canvas, circa 1927-1929
NPG 6003