Jeanne Coppel (Biographical details)

Jeanne Coppel (painter/draughtsman; scientist/engineer; Romanian; French; Female; 1896 - 1971)

Also known as

Coppel, Jeanne; Helder, Jeanne


Painter and collagist; born Jeanne Helder in Galatz, Romania, lived and worked in Berlin 1912-15 where she had contact with Diaghilev's Ballets Russes; returned to Romania 1916-19 when she first took up collage; came to Paris in 1919 and studied at the Académie Ranson, married the Romanian engineer Théodore Coppel in 1920; the family was forced to flee Paris and seek refuge in Aix en Provence in 1942 due to his Jewish background; living in hiding, she took up collage again, returned to Paris in 1946 and began to exhibit from 1948 with Galerie Colette Allendy and the Réalités Nouvelles group; her work was championed by the critic Michel Seuphor, who compared her collages to Braque and she became associated with the Paris postwar generation of Tachiste painters, including Camille Bryen and Felix del Marle.


Sylvie Lecoq-Ramond and Thierry Bliard, 'Jeanne Coppel', ( in ReConnaître series published by Réunion des musées nationaux, Paris), Colmar, Musée d'Unterlinden, 22 June-19 August 2001 (51 works gifted by Lia and Georges Coppel)
Jeanne Coppel, "Pourquoi je fais des collages", Leonardo, vol.3 (1970), pp.389-96 'Jeanne Coppel, une rétrospective', ( Alès, Musée-Bibliothèque Pierre-Andrè Benoit, 1 July-9 October 1994
Roger van Gindertael, 'Jeanne Coppel', Gentilly, Prisme series, 1974 (monograph, with English trans.)
'Jeanne Coppel' (exh. cat.) with texts by Sylvie Lecoq-Ramond, Georges Coppel and Jeanne Coppel, Huelgoat, Brittany: L' école des filles, 2010