Fletcher/Copenhaver Fine Art
Alix Aymé (1894-1989)

Alix Angèle Marguerite Hava, born in Marseille in 1894, studied drawing and music at the Conservatory of Toulouse. A prodigy, gifted in music as well as art, at the age of fifteen she won a gold medal in piano and considered a musical career before becoming a painter. After her graduation from the Conservatory, she moved to Paris where she became a pupil, and then a colleague, of the important Nabi painter Maurice Denis. In 1910 she collaborated with Denis on the decoration of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées . Later she worked in the Studios of Sacred Art founded by Maurice Denis and Georges Devallières in 1919. She married in 1920 and went to Shanghai with her first husband, Professor Paul de Fautereau-Vassel, who was posted to the Franco-Chinese Mission there. In 1921, living then in Hanoi, she took part as a staff artist in several scientific expeditions to China. In 1925 she was made a professor and taught drawing at the French Lycée in Hanoi. In 1926, the artist and her husband returned to Paris where their son, Michel, was born. While in Paris, she was commissioned to do the illustrations for a French edition of Rudyard Kipling’s Kim, which she did using drawings she had made on a visit to Ceylon. When Fautereau-Vassel decided to remain in France, his wife, taking her young son with her, returned to the life she had created for herself in Asia.

In 1930, she had an exhibition at the Galerie Portal in Saigon, and then settled in Luang Prabang (Laos) where she became close to the ruling family and was commissioned to do a series of large murals in the Royal Palace (official name: Haw Kham, and today a national museum.). The murals in what was the King’s reception room depict everyday life in Laos. According to the Royal Palace Museum web site, each of the murals “…is intended to be viewed at a different time of day, depending on the light that enters the windows on one side of the room, which matches the time (of) day depicted.” The murals are considered a national treasure. Unfortunately, there are no reproductions of the murals as it is forbidden by the government to photograph them. In 1931, Aymé moved back to Hanoi and was named professor at the Lycée Albert Sarraut. There she taught the ancient Vietnamese art of lacquer work which she had earlier mastered. In July of that year she returned to Paris and married Colonel Georges Aymé, who later became General Aymé, Commander of the French Army in Indochina. Maurice Denis was one of the witnesses at her marriage. Her husband’s brother, Marcel Aymé, became one of the most celebrated French novelists of the 20th century after the artist helped launch his career by introducing him to one of her friends at the publishing house Gallimard. While in Paris, she had an exhibition at the Galerie Druet and was invited to work on the important Colonial Exhibition to which she contributed a number of works done in lacquer. In 1935 there was a large exhibition of her work in Saigon.

During her years in Asia, Aymé traveled extensively in Indochina, India, and Ceylon. She also visited and painted in China, Japan, and Korea. When she returned to live in Paris in 1945, she was commissioned to do the mural decorations of a chapel in Luc-sur-Mer (Calvados). During this period she became a close friend of, and worked with, the painter Foujita. In 1948 she was given an exhibition at the Galerie Moullot in Paris and moved into an apartment/studio in the Porte de St. Cloud, where she continued to live and work after the death of her husband in 1950. That same year, she was given an exhibition in Paris at the Galerie de la France d’ Outremer on the rue de la Boétie, and published an article on the art of lacquer in the journal Tropique. In 1952, there was an exhibition in Florence of her works in lacquer, which were also shown in 1952 in Paris in rue de la Boétie. For the journal Pax Christi, in 1960 Aymé wrote and illustrated Paul et Kao au Laos, a story of seven episodes drawn from her experiences in Laos. In 1961 she was given an exhibition at the Galerie Rauch in Monaco. In 1962, Aymé went to live and paint for eight months in Brazzaville in the Congo, the final journey of a life spent largely in travel, exploration, painting and drawing. Alix Aymé died on her 95th birthday while putting the finishing touches to one of her lacquer pieces.

Her work is found in a number of public collections, including the Cabinet des Dessins of the Louvre and the Musée des Années Trente in Paris, the Musée des Beaux-Arts in La Rochelle, and the Royal Palace in Luang Prabang. Her first American museum exhibition was held March - September 2012 at the Evergreen Museum and Library of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.Filming has begun on a documentary film about her life and art.

Bibliography: Bénézit, E. Dictionnaire Critique et Documentaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, Gründ, Paris, 1999..... Menonville, Corinne de, La Peinture Vietnamienne, une aventure entre tradition et modernité, Arhis, Castillon, 2003..... Paris-Hanoi-Saigon, catalogue of the exhibition, Pavilion des Arts, Paris, 1998


A Woman Reading to a Young Girl

Alix Aymé 1894-1989
A Woman Reading to a Young Girl

Lacquer and gold leaf on wooden panel
Signed, upper right: "Alix Aymé"
Panel size: 17¾ X 13¾
Frame size: 26⅛ X 22¼
In a hand-crafted frame from RG Les Cadres Gault, Paris
FC14009   Price On Request


Young Woman by a Window; A Vase of Gladiolas

Alix Aymé 1894-1989
Young Woman by a Window; A Vase of Gladiolas

Lacquer and gold leaf on wooden panel
Signed lower left: “Alix Aymé”
Panel size: 19¼ X 13¾ inches
Frame size: 27 X 22 inches
In a hand-crafted frame from RG Les Cadres Gault, Paris
FC14010   Price On Request


Madonna & Child

Alix Aymé 1894-1989
Madonna & Child

Lacquer & gold leaf on wooden panel
Signed on verso, lower right
Provenance: Private collection, Paris
Panel size: 23½ X 19¼ inches
Frame size: 29¼X 25 inches
In a handcrafted frame from RG Les Cadres Gault, Paris
FC14065   Price On Request


Deux Enfants Dormant (Two Children Sleeping)

Alix Aymé 1894-1989
Deux Enfants Dormant (Two Children Sleeping)

Watercolor, gouache, gold leaf on silk
Signed, lower left: « Alix Aymé »
Provenance: Collection of Ambassador and Mrs. Bruce Rankin, Canada
Irregular sheet, approximately: 4 X 7¾ inches
Frame size: 11 ¼ X 15 inches
In a handcrafted frame from RG Les Cadres Gault, Paris
FC14048   Price On Request


Houses in a Wood

Alix Aymé 1894-1989
Houses in a Wood

Lacquer & gold leaf on wood panel
Signed, lower right: “Alix Aymé”
Provenance: Private Collection, Paris
Panel size: 18½ X 29⅝ inches
Frame size: 25½ X 37⅛ inches
In a handcrafted frame by RG Les Cadres Gault, Paris
FC14050   Price On Request


Two Children

Alix Aymé 1894-1989
Two Children

Watercolor, pen & ink and charcoal on wove paper
Signed, lower right: “Alix Aymé”
Provenance: Private collection, Paris
Sheet size: 10⅝ X 10¼ inches
Frame size: 17¼ X 17¼ inches
In a handcrafted frame from RG Les Cadres Gault, Paris
FC14057   Price On Request


Angkor Wat

Alix Aymé 1894-1989
Angkor Wat

Pen & black ink and ink wash on illustration board
Signed and inscribed, lower left: Alix Aymé Angkor”
Provenance: Estate of the artist; Private collection, Paris
Board size; 24 3/16 X 19 15/16 inches
Frame size:32 3/4 X 28 1/4 inches
In a hand-crafted frame from RG Les Cadres Gault, Paris
FC14006   Price On Request


Red Tulips

Alix Aymé 1894-1989
Red Tulips

Reverse painting on glass
Signed, Lower right: “Aymé”
Glass size: 11 ⅞ X 15⅞ inches
Frame size: 18 X 22 inches
In a hand-crafted frame from RG Les Cadres Gault, Paris
FC14046   Price On Request


Two Children

Alix Aymé 1894-1989
Two Children

Watercolor, pen & ink, ink wash, and charcoal
Signed, lower right, in pencil: “A Aymé”
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 17 1/2 X 22 1/4 inches
26 1/4 X 30 3/4 inches
In a handcrafted frame from Les Cadres RG, Paris
FC06231   Price On Request


Study of the Head of a Young Boy

Alix Aymé 1894-1989
Study of the Head of a Young Boy

Charcoal drawing on off-white beige paper
Signed, lower right: “Alix Aymé”
Provenance: Estate of the artist; Private collection, Paris
Sheet size: 8 ½ X 6 ¾ inches
15 X 13½ inches
In a handcrafted frame from RG Les Cadres Gault, Paris
FC07101   Price On Request


Le Bouquet de Babette

Alix Aymé 1894-1989
Le Bouquet de Babette

Reverse painting on glass with tempera and gold leaf
Signed, lower left: “Aymé”:
Provenance: Estate of the artist; Private collection, Paris
Glass size: 15 3/8 X 17 3/4 inches
Frame size:21 X 23 1/2 inches
In a hand-crafted frame from RG Les Cadres Gault, Paris
FC14007   Price On Request


The Green Pagoda

Alix Aymé 1894-1989
The Green Pagoda

Oil on canvas
Signed, Lower left: “Alix Aymé”
Provenance: Private collection, Paris
Canvas size: 19¾ X 26⅜ inches
Frame size: 27¼ X 34 inches
The canvas has been professionally relined. In a handcrafted frame from RG Les Cadres Gault, Paris
FC14052   Price On Request


The Red Pagoda

Alix Aymé 1894-1989
The Red Pagoda

Oil on canvas
Signed, lower left: “Aymé”
Provenance: Private collection, Paris
Canvas size: 19½ X 25½ inches
Frame size: 27 X 33½ inches
Canvas has been professionally relined - In a handcrafted frame from i>RG Les Cadres Gault
, Paris
FC14051   Price On Request


White Horses in a Field

Alix Aymé 1894-1989
White Horses in a Field

Reverse painting on glass
Signed, lower right: “Aymé”
Glass size: 13 X 16 inches
Frame size: 19 X 22 inches
Some minor paint loss. In a handcrafted frame from RG Les Cadres Gault, Paris
FC14047   Price On Request


Study of a Young Boy (François)

Alix Aymé 1894-1989
Study of a Young Boy (François)

Pastel and charcoal on wove paper
Signed in pencil, lower right: “alix aymé”
Sheet size: 13 X 18¾ inches
Frame size: 21½ X 27⅛inches
1930s
FC12060   Price On Request


Seven Little Girls

Alix Aymé 1894-1989
Seven Little Girls

Reverse painting on glass
Glass size: 8⅜ X 16⅛ inches
Frame size: 13½ X 21¼ inches
In a hand-crafted frame from RG Les Cadres Gault, Paris
FC14045   Price On Request


A Blue-Eyed Baby

Alix Aymé 1894-1989
A Blue-Eyed Baby

Watercolor & charcoal on heavy wove paper
Signed, lower center” “Alix Aymé”
Sheet size: 15¾ X 21⅝ inches
Frame size: 24 X 30 inches
In a handcrafted frame from RG Les Cadres Gault, Paris
FC14044   Price On Request


Portrait of a Pouting Child

Alix Aymé 1894-1989
Portrait of a Pouting Child

Watercolor and black chalk
Signed, lower right: “A Aymé”
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist; Private collection, Paris
Sheet size: 15¼ X 8 inches (irregular left edge)
Frame size: 24 X 16½ inches
Illustrated on page 46 of Alix Aymé: Une artiste peintre en Indochine A French Painter in Indochina, 1920-1945, Pascal Lacombe & Guy Ferrer, Somogy, Paris, 2012.
FC12103   Price On Request


Portrait of a Young African Woman Holding Her Head in Both Hands

Alix Aymé 1894-1989
Portrait of a Young African Woman Holding Her Head in Both Hands

Charcoal and colored chalks on beige wove paper
Atelier stamp lower right
Sheet size: 18 X 14 5/8 inches
27 1/2 X 24 1/4 inches
In a hand-crafted frame from Les Cadres Gault, Paris
FC10039   Price on Request


Sleeping Youth

Alix Aymé 1894-1989
Sleeping Youth

Colored chalks and charcoal on tan wove paper
Signed, lower right: “A. Aymé”
Sheet siz: 10 5/8 X 14 9/16 inches
18 X 21 3/4 inches
In a hand-crafted frame from Les Cadres Gault, Paris
FC10044   Price on Request


A Young Woman in a Lavender Dress, Kneeling

Alix Aymé 1894-1989
A Young Woman in a Lavender Dress, Kneeling

Watercolor & pencil
Estate stamp, lower left
Provenance: Estate of the artist; Private collection, Paris
Sheet size: 9⅝ X 12⅝inches
Frame size: 16⅝X 17⅞inches
FC12097   Price On Request


François in Bed with His Eyes Wide Open

Alix Aymé 1894-1989
François in Bed with His Eyes Wide Open

Charcoal drawing
Signed, lower right: “A. Aymé”
Provenance: Estate of the artist; Private collection, Paris
Sheet size: 6⅞ X 8½ inches
Frame size: 13 X 14¾
FC12104   Price On Request


François Holding His Chin in His Hand

Alix Aymé 1894-1989
François Holding His Chin in His Hand

Charcoal drawing
Signed, lower left: “Alix Aymé”
Provenance: Estate of the artist; Private collection, Paris
Sheet size: 8½ X 6¾ inches
Frame size: 14¾ X 13 inches
FC12099   Price On Request


A Portrait of François Facing Right

Alix Aymé 1894-1989
A Portrait of François Facing Right

Charcoal drawing
Signed, lower left: “Alix Aymé”
Provenance: Estate of the artist; Private collection, Paris
Sheet size: 8½ X 6¾ inches
Frame size: 14¾ X 13 inches
FC12100   Price On Request


Head of a Young Boy Facing Right

Alix Aymé 1894-1989
Head of a Young Boy Facing Right

Watercolor and charcoal
Signed, lower left: “Alix Aymé”
Provenance: Private Collection, Paris
Sheet size: 9¾ X 6⅝ inches
Frame size: 17½ X 14¾ inches
FC12063   Price On Request


Young Girl Wearing a Blue Dress

Alix Aymé 1894-1989
Young Girl Wearing a Blue Dress

Tempera on canvas
Signed lower right: “Alix Aymé”
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Canvas size: 21¾ X 15 inches
Frame size: 28½ X 21¾ inches
In a handcrafted frame from Les Cadres RG, Paris
FCC9048   Price On Request


Studies of Young Girls

Alix Aymé 1894-1989
Studies of Young Girls

Pastels and pencil
Signed, lower right: “Alix Aymé”
Provenance: Provenance: Estate of the artist; Private collection, Paris
Sheet size: 20 X 26¼ inches
Frame size: 28 X 35 inches
Illustrated on page 68 of Alix Aymé: Une artiste peintre en Indochine A French Painter in Indochina, 1920-1945, Pascal Lacombe & Guy Ferrer, Somogy, Paris, 2012.
FC12106   Price On Request


Three Young Children in Blue and White

Alix Aymé 1894-1989
Three Young Children in Blue and White

Watercolor, pastel, and charcoal
Signed, lower left:
Sheet size: 20 1/8 inches X 26 1/4 inches
33 X 27 inches
In a hand-crafted frame from Les Cadres Gault, Paris
FC10051   Price On Request



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