Musées dessinés
Christelle Téa

September 9  – December 5, 2021


Musée Cognacq-Jay

8, rue Elvezir, 75003 Paris

Christelle Téa has brought together a corpus of about sixty drawings made in situ in the 14 museums and sites of the City of Paris.

Without making preparatory sketches or corrections, Christelle Téa captures with India ink the atmosphere of the places she draws. At the same time, she freezes their decors, revealing a myriad of details, both historical and contemporary, that vibrate and take on life under the viewer’s gaze.


After a degree in Visual Communication at the Olivier de Serres School in Paris, Christelle Téa entered the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 2010, where she studied with Patrick Tosani, Jean-Luc Vilmouth and Philippe Comar. She obtained the Higher National Diploma of Plastic Arts in June 2015 with unanimous congratulations from the jury.

Passionate about music, she produced a series of drawings of singers and instrumentalists of the Orchester National de l’Opéra de Paris, exhibited at the Opéra Bastille media library in May 2012. In 2014, she made a stay of six months at the Beaux-Arts in Beijing (CAFA) and made many drawings on the spot of the city, museums and markets. In 2015, she participated in the Nature and Meworkshop organized by Jean-Luc Vilmouth and Clélia Zernik for the Echigo-Tsumari Triennale in Japan. In 2016, she was in artist residency at the Musée national Jean-Jacques Henner in Paris, then in 2017 in Saratha Vilas, in southern India, and in Budapest, with the support of the City of Paris, the Institut French from Budapest and the Budapest Galeria. In 2018, she participated in the artist residencyLe Souffle , in Sion-Vaudémont, in partnership with Bee Medias.

Today, she devotes herself mainly to drawing portraits on the spot, where she represents the model in her interior, paying particular attention to this environment, symbolizing for her the expression of the personality of the models. These drawings are made directly in front of the model, in India ink, without drafting or repentance. Christelle Téa seeks resemblance but not realism, because drawing is for her to select the most significant elements in the complexity of the visible. Christelle Téa also devotes herself to interior views, drawn like portraits without a model, as well as to landscapes. In these works, she settles a materiality to reveal the essence of her perception. On the contrary, his conference drawings, produced in real time