Les grandes dames de l’art

Anna-Eva Bergman
01.07.2021

Fanny Michaëlis, Anna-Eva Bergman, 2021
© Fanny Michaëlis

The podcast “Les grandes dames de l’art” (“Great Women in Art”) gives a voice to women artists of the 20th century. They speak of their work, their lives, the world around them and their achievements. Let us go in search of their presence, their secrets. Let us rediscover the hidden history of women artists through their voices.

Following the episode on Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, let’s carry on discovering the history of female abstraction. Anna-Eva Bergman was born in Norway in 1909 and died in 1987. She was remarkable in her strength and singularity: after practising figurative painting she moved onto abstract painting, whilst refusing the expression “abstract art“. She called her work non-figurative and talked about the art of abstracting.

From 1920 to 1940 her painting was inhabited by quirky characters, but also darker ones when it came to criticising the German army’s occupation of Norway. She also painted urban landscapes. At the end of the 1940s, she shifted towards abstraction, still working from recognizable shapes and forms originating in nature or Scandinavian mythology.

“Les grandes dames de l’art” is a podcast produced by AWARE: Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions, in collaboration with the Institut national de l’audiovisuel, with the support of Maison Veuve Clicquot and the Ministry of Culture’s Délégation à la transmission, aux territoires et à la démocratie culturelle.

Coordinated by: Mathilde de Croix and the AWARE team
Directed by: Élodie Royer
Music by: Juliano Gil
Credits: Andrew Nelson
Sound Editing: Basile Beaucaire
Scientific Advisors: Catherine Gonnard and Marjorie Micucci
Translation: Beth Gordon
French Voice: Camille Morineau
English Voice: Lou Doillon
Translation of the Artist’s Voice: Eve Dayre

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