The art market recognizes Aurélie Nemours as one of the important contemporary artists of the 20th century whose works of contemporary art regularly provoke enthusiasm. This enthusiasm comes as much from collectors as from art galleries, museums of modern and contemporary art or auctions. His contemporary paintings are today present in the greatest museums and in the most prestigious private collections.
Born in 1910 in Paris, Aurélie Nemours is a French artist and painter. She became interested in art at a very early age and took courses in Egyptian and Byzantine art at the Louvre school from 1929 onwards. In 1941 she enrolled at the Academy of André Lhote, after having followed an artistic training in the workshop of the graphic designer Paul Colin. She exhibited for the first time at the Salon d’art Sacré in 1946. Between 1948 and 1951, she regularly attended the workshop of Fernand Léger. Her meeting with the Belgian painter and art critic Michel Seuphor was decisive for her career as a painter. The latter introduced her to the work of Piet Mondrian, whom she did not yet know. This discovery will have a strong influence on Nemours and will encourage her in the path of abstraction that she then began to follow. Seuphor was also behind her first solo exhibition at Colette Allendy’s in 1953. It was very well received by the public at the time. The artist joins several artistic groups, notably the ESPACE group in France and the Mesure group in Germany.
Through her work, Aurélie Nemours fully demonstrates how, in her opinion, geometric abstraction is the artistic expression that best characterizes the 20th century. As early as the 1960s, the square occupies the first place in her compositions. Céphée, the work we are presenting to you, takes us to the heart of this pivotal period in the artist’s production. A true mathematical construction, she creates her works by orienting her painting towards horizontal and vertical lines. She also works with colour, in a subtle way, the vibrations of black and white, but also, the monochromes that she conceives in polyptych. She aspires to a feeling of monumentality and thus develops her works in series, in horizontal installations, in columns or in a square ensemble.
A recognized and celebrated artist, she was awarded the Grand Prix National de Peinture in 1994. The Centre Georges-Pompidou devoted a very fine retrospective to her in 2004. “Rhythm, number, colour” exhibits 170 works and retraces the artist’s career. An important catalogue develops the artist’s position and key concepts. One year later, Aurélie Nemours died in Paris at the age of 94.
The auction house Aguttes Commissaire-priseur regularly organizes auctions of modern and contemporary art, always achieving very satisfactory results. The Contemporary Art department offers collectors the opportunity to have Aurélie Nemours’ works appraised and appraised in complete confidentiality.