Souvenir (1984) – Focus 25

Souvenir (1984) – Focus 25

Without the black stripe in the foreground, the format would have been a square. Antoni Clavé invites us straight away in a world of illusion: fake square and pleated fabrics. Half of the painting is indeed composed of a trompe l’œil: a “creased paper” as art historians like to define these effects around which Clavé started playing in the…

Nadie se conoce, 1966 – Focus 24

Nadie se conoce, 1966 – Focus 24

Francisco Goya – Tauromaquia n° 12 « Desjarrete de la canalla con lanzas, medias-lunas, banderillas y otras armas. » 1815-16 Etching, aquatint and drypoint © Museo del Prado, Madrid « Corrida » 1951 B/W lithograph « Corrida » 1951 Colour lithograph It is not the first time that Antoni Clavé creates a…

Candide – Focus 23

Candide – Focus 23

In 1945 Clavé illustrated Carmen written by Mérimée, and edited by Jean Porson. A year later, the editor asks him what text he would be keen on illustrating if he were to participate in a book for bibliophiles. Without hesitating Clavé replies “Candide”. He explains that he would like to express the tragic side of this tale, which…

Reliquaire (1962) – Focus 22

Reliquaire (1962) – Focus 22

Reliquary bust of Saint Lucien XIIe-XIIIe s. © Musée départemental de l’Oise, Beauvais All Souls’ Day happens on November 2 and is the next day after All Saints’ Day.The calendar is the perfect pretext for us to talk about this sculpture by Clavé. This work is unusual, especially since Clavé refers only rarely to religion in his…

L’Homme au gant – Focus 20

L’Homme au gant – Focus 20

In 1971, a few exhibitions celebrated the 500th anniversary of the birth of Albrecht Dürer. He is seen as the first major German artist in History; he was both a painter and an engraver embodying Renaissance just as much as Raphael, Lenoardo or Michelangelo. On top of being famous for his paintings, he was also renowned during his lifetime for his…