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A protean artist par excellence, the works of Catherine Thierry de Ville d'Avray (1931-2011) reveal once again the importance of experimentation in the work of an artist marked by constant artistic research. Born in Marseille in 1931, Catherine Thierry de Ville d'Avray developed a passion for art at an early age and decided to enroll in the Beaux-arts de Paris. After the war, the artist left France for Africa, especially Casablanca in Morocco. Experiencing new themes and a culture that was then unknown to her, she lived for many years in Morocco until her return to Paris in 1981 where she continued to work as a decorator and painter with the memories of her trip in mind. Archetype of the artist who touches everything, the collection of the artist gives us to see a personal work of a rare sensitivity, visible in particular in the quasi psychological rendering of its models. Sculpture, drawing, oil on cardboard or canvas, the corpus of the artist is rich as the place given to experimentation. Plaster, terracotta and drawing are all proof of this interest. This concern for experimentation reveals a unique taste for the work of the hand, a true encounter between gesture and material. She also underlines her attachment to the African continent, which occupied a central place in her life and in her work. Certainly, several works will not fail to register Catherine Thierry de Ville d'Avray in the lineage of the French orientalist artists.