Monique Virelaude is a renowned and recognized French artist.
Her artistic, intellectual work is closely intertwined with the Nobel Prize winner Saint-John Perse, whose poetry she illustrated. Her abstract art is influenced by dealing with the theories of Klee and Kandinsky.
Her lyrically abstract works are physical work: capturing the atmosphere, kneading the colour, weighing it, stretching the painful point to make it a dividing line or a line, a call. Monique Virlaudes' intuition hangs by a thread, comes and goes, weaves, connects what she sees fit so as not to leave it out, then erases it, washes it to excess, until in this indecipherable weave she feels the line of force that leads to suits her who gave birth to her.
Full emptiness dialogues with black and white, and the dabs of color dance in circles around them as if celebrating them. Welcome in her Sunday dress! (From: Bulletin 2016 of the International Association of Friends of Saint-John Perse.)
She herself says about her art: The poetry of Saint-John Perse gave me the desire for space, or more precisely, the desire to structure space. The plastic expression cuts the object, intersects with the discovery of the inner space, its geology, my traversal. It offers me a process of self-realization that I develop further in my writing.
She looks back on numerous exhibitions. These include the Bibliothèque de France in Paris (BNF), exhibitions lasting several months at the Fondation Nationale in Aix-en-Provence, dedicated to the poet Saint-John Perse, and a two-year permanent exhibition at the Banque Havilland in Monaco.