Coronavirus – Covid 19

Coronavirus – Covid 19

Because of the sanitary situation concerning the Coronavirus Covid-19, and following the instructions of the government, the Archives Antoni Clavé have closed their offices on March 13th and this until further notice. We will go on working remotely to answer the requests of collectors, institutions and public auctions. We also do our best to prepare and…

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…