The public didn’t discover her work until she was forty-three, a deliberate move that meant the oeuvre she left behind was fully mature.
Nemours was the embodiment of humility, even as she militated on behalf of geometric art. Discreet yet present, she was ever curious about others. During her retrospective at the Pompidou Center in 2004, it was striking to note that more of her works are found in private and foreign collections than in public ones.
We are showing oils and works on paper done between 1959 and 1992. This highly varied selection plays on colors and rhythms. Nemours claimed that she liked working with oils—the preparation and execution of her works took a good deal of time, a luxury inherent in oil technique. Only when face to face with a work by Nemours does the beholder realize how truly sensual it is, thanks to brushwork that vibrates beneath rigorous construction.
The catalogue raisonné of the works of Aurélie Nemours is currently being compiled by Serge Lemoine and will be published by Skira.