Sans titre – série Les Supervisions (1956)


Projections of coloured ink on paper; signed and dated lower right
In period frame

80.5cm x 65.5cm in the frame


Madeleine Novarina, a painter who debuted in 1946 at the Salon des Surindépendants, was part of the surrealist group reconstituted after the war by André Breton. Victor Brauner, Hans Bellmer, Yves Tanguy and Benjamin Péret were great admirers of her work. Through this group she met and married the writer Sarane Alexandrian with whom she had a tempestuous relationship. She expressed hereself through a wide range of media. She was the first woman in the history of art to create the stained glass windows of a church (Vieugy in Haute-Savoie). No stranger to abstruse eastern ideologies, in old age, she ‘potlatched’ (destroyed according to Malaysian rite) all her existing paintings.

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