Les grandes dames de l’art

Aurélie Nemours
08.09.2021

Fanny Michaëlis, Aurélie Nemours, 2021
© Fanny Michaëlis

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

After the episodes dedicated to Maria Helena Vieira da Silva and Ana-Eva Bergman, we would like to introduce you to a third female painter, a pioneer of abstraction, Aurélie Nemours. She was born in 1910 in Paris and died in 2005, and stands out because of the radical path her career took. You will soon hear her voice, a voice as abstract and radical as her painting. To introduce her in a few words, Nemours revolutionised geometrical abstraction by using simple shapes, colours applied in solid coatings, and often reducing her palette to black and white. She chose the horizontal and vertical lines and abandoned diagonals and curves. She worked in series that she called families, there are 22 of them in her catalogue.

“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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