Paule Vezelay (1892 – 1984)

Well known local artist, David Cuthbert, introduced us to another prominent Bristol artist, Paule Vezelay, nee Margaret Watson-Williams. She had studied at Bristol and the Slade Art School before moving to Paris in the 1920s where she became involved with the Surrealists, and lived for many years  with Andre Masson.  Her style developed over the years, and was clearly influenced by the men in her life, many of whom such as Masson and Arp  became household names. Her own recognition came late in life when the Tate gave her a retrospective at the age of 91.

We are hoping that there will be an article on Paule in the summer edition of the Royal West of England Acadamy’s magazine.  Meanwhile there are a few images of her works in the Gallery section. We would like to find out more about her time in Bristol, so please get in touch if you have anything you can tell us about this remarkable lady.