Les grandes dames de l’art

Germaine Richier
07.04.2021

Fanny Michaëlis, Germaine Richier, 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.

After the first episode dedicated to Niki de Saint Phalle, we would like you to discover the singular voice of Germaine Richier, a great sculptor of the second half of the 20th century. Her short career lasted barely more than 25 years, from 1933 to 1959; however, she is one of the rare women to have been internationally successful, very early on in her career, in the 1940s-1950s. She is also the first woman to have a retrospective of her work shown at the mMusée National d’Art Moderne in Paris, in 1956.

“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

Extracts: L’art et la vie, coll. RDF/RTF/Autres (1949-1963), rubrique « L’atelier de Germaine Richier, sculpteur », émission du jeudi 8 septembre 1955, producteurs : Louis Cheronnet, Georges Charensol, Jean Dalevèze. La Tribune des arts, coll. RDF/RTF, émission du 17 octobre 1956, producteur André Parinaud.

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