Véronique Filozof

Painter of the 20th century


Translation : Nadine GIROD

Dedicated to painter Véronique Filozof, this site proposes to publicise the most original work of this artist who was active both in France and abroad from the 50ies to the 70ies.

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Treading the narrow path left by society to women artists she contributed to the innovative surge of post-war artists. She left her mark on  the art of  the second half of the 20th century when she became recognised for the creativity and originality of her style.


Born in Basel, Switzerland, in 1904, she died in the French city of Mulhouse in 1977, Véronique Filozof, also named « Véronique » was a female painter, drawer and illustrator. As early as 1922 she settled in France where she got married thus becoming a French citizen. After world war II, from 1948 on, she was able to devote all her energy to her passion.


A friend of numerous artists, writers, painters, architects and publishers she travelled between Paris, Sarlat and Mulhouse, the places where she had a workshop, as well as to other towns in France and Europe to exhibit her works.


An illustrator recognised for her black and white drawings, made with Indian ink and a Sergent Major's nib, she also painted vivid-coloured watercolours.



She drew her inspiration from popular art, which explains why she was sometimes asssociated with « naïve and singular » painters.


Her work bears witness to her love of men and nature. It shows her commitment to the defense of liberties and to her respect for any kind of life on Earth.



As time went by, she became interested in drawings of a bigger format and designed large murals.




Some of her drawings have been reproduced and weaved by the workshops in Aubusson.




She was also remarkable for her illustrations of children’s books, some of which won an award.




In the field of religious art she was also highly productive, using various materials and formats, hence a series of drawings, books and murals.


Works’ reproductions (from top to bottom) : 


  • La petite Marianne, illustration de Véronique Filozof, texte de Jules Michelet, Éditions Les Nouvelles Images, Lombreuil, juin 1976, 25,5 x 32,5 cm.

  • La Tour Eiffel, encre de Chine, 1957, 64,2 x 49,1 cm, série Paris, Coll.Kunstmuseum Basel.

  • Le Palais Royal raconté par Jean Cocteau vu par Véronique Filozof, Éditions Lambert-Schneider, Heidelberg, 1959, et Architectures d'aujourd'hui, Paris, 1960, 95 p., 21 x 29,5 cm. Dessin "Visite à Jean Cocteau", p.77.

  • Les Pêcheurs, 1954, encre de Chine, 50 x 64 cm, Coll.MIDAN.

  • Le Grau-du-Roi, le phare, vers 1954-59, huile sur isorel, 122 x 109 cm, Collections permanentes de Laval.

  • Madame Chadebec au Sirey gardant ses moutons, huile sur toile, 38 x 46 cm, Coll.privée, photo Richard Chambon.

  • Bordeaux, immeuble Le Médoc, 122 rue Croix-de-Seguey, 2/1969, détail du bas-relief sur pilier de béton, photo Joël Eisenegger.

  • La Nuit charbonneuse, Aubusson wool tapestry, Tabard, 110 x 140 cm, the city college of New York.

  • Hannibal der Tolggi : die Geschichte eines weissen Spielzeugbären, texte en allemand d’Angela Koller, illustrations de Véronique Filozof , Schweizer Spiegel Verlag,‎ Zürich, 1962,  17 x 24 cm. Coll.Heuwinkel.

  • Ronchamp, la nuit, dessin de la "Chapelle de Ronchamp", 1959, série de 7 dessins à l’encre de Chine sur papier, 50 x 65 cm, acquis en 1970 par l'État, fonds du FNAC/CNAP.


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