Next Big Thing: Nathanaëlle Herbelin
The Israel-born painter is gearing up for a big year with a slew of group exhibitions in Paris and New York
Whether it’s her soulful portraits or forlorn interiors, Nathanaëlle Herbelin’s commitment to her art is unwavering and can be seen in every brushstroke. Born in Israel, she visited the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris at age 12 and decided then that was where she wanted to study. “I saw that the painters there are so free, and there was no need to be extra conceptual.”
Subject matter: “While creating a portrait I devote myself fully to the person I paint, which can create an intense feeling or even physical sensation of fever.”
“Nathanaëlle’s work touches something very deep in me. What makes it so unique is the depth of intimacy in her paintings.”Charles Zana
Up next: A collective show in May in New York at the Michael Werner Gallery, which welcomed her into its three-month residency program in the Bronx this fall. Additionally, she has a string of group exhibitions at museums in Paris. “My biggest moment in my career, I think, is in front of me,” she says, “and I just want to continue painting with the heart until the end.”
A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2022 Winter Issue under the headline “Next Big Things.” Subscribe to the magazine.
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