Coronavirus – Covid 19

Coronavirus – Covid 19

Because of the sanitary situation, the Archives Antoni Clavé closed their offices on March 13th. Everyone's safety is our top priority and we are complying with all the measures recommended to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). We would like to inform...

Œil vert Œil rouge – Focus 26

Œil vert Œil rouge – Focus 26

In Clavé's work, the figuration of the mid-1970s abstracts itself from all constraints, the composition risks imbalance, the technique and the material play with the artistic codes that were in force at the time as much as with any attempt at seduction. The face is...

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...

Nadie se conoce, 1966 – Focus 24

Nadie se conoce, 1966 – Focus 24

It is not the first time that Antoni Clavé creates a link with the heritage left behind by Goya. With his first works as a lithograph or with themes such as bullfighting or sorcery, Clavé offers compositions inspired by the Spanish Master, of which Lettres d’Espagne...

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...

Reliquaire (1962) – Focus 22

Reliquaire (1962) – Focus 22

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 work’s titles....

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...

Etrange instrument – Focus 19

Etrange instrument – Focus 19

Clavé uses the technique of the assemblage in his œuvre sculpté and œuvre gravé. It consists in assembling ripped, embossed and juxtaposed papers with ropes, strings and nails, these motifs and matters adhering to the carborundum. The carborundum and the goffering are...

Le trait rouge – Focus 18

Le trait rouge – Focus 18

In 1976, Antoni Clavé completes the book for Bibliophiles “La Gloire des Rois”, by Saint John Perse. He had been asked to work on this project some 14 years earlier, and this is the occasion for him to show how he understands and interprets the poems by Saint John...