Francine Holley died at the age of 100, announces Saturday the Museum of Abstract Art in Jette, which dedicated a tribute exhibition to her “Francine Holley, 100 years and more”. The event is extended until September 30.
Of Liège origin, Francine Holley was born in 1919 into a family of musicians. She turned to painting at the age of 18. She entered the Academy of Fine Arts in Liège where she met Georges Collignon, who persuaded her to opt for abstraction: she found a way to free herself from the constraints of figuration.
In 1946, she met her future husband, the Parisian architect Michel Holley, whom she followed to Paris. She will never leave the French capital. She works there in the workshop of André Lhote, then in that of Fernand Léger, locates the Brussels museum, emphasizing that the deceased was “one of the few women of her time to enter the world of abstraction“.