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 creating texture effects and depth onto Clavé’s prints, hence…

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 Perse. And of course it is…

Hommage à l’Exposition Universelle de 1888 – Focus 17

Hommage à l’Exposition Universelle de 1888 – Focus 17

Allegory of l’industrie, parc de la Ciutadella, Barcelona © tous droits réservés From the mid-eighties Clavé is known worldwide. The city council of Barcelona (Ajuntament) suggests he picks an area in the city so that he creates an artwork for his native town. Clavé chooses the Parc de la Ciutadella, a place full of memories for him…

D’après Rembrandt – Focus 16

D’après Rembrandt – Focus 16

In 1965 in Barcelona, the Catalan painter and engraver Vila-Casas initiates Clavé into engraving. Clavé uses copper or zinc plates, and also learns about aquatint. Etching and aquatint are indirect engraving processes: the acid attacks the exposed metal, while tools are used in line-engraving and intaglio-engraving. These two types of processes are based on the same idea, even…

Notre Dame de Paris – Focus 15

Notre Dame de Paris – Focus 15

© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d’Orsay) No need to see his entire façade, its two imposing towers or the silhouette of the chevet of the church to immediately identify the cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris. The gaze and the melancholic pose of the horned monster, which maliciously sticks its tongue out leaves no doubt: we are on the gallery of…

Happy new year !

Happy new year !

It is greetings season! Health, happiness, prosperity…This tradition of rather conventional wishes is dating back a few centuries. The format of the greeting card that we know today is more recent, since it appears in 1843 when Sir Henry Cole decides to sell a lithographed card designed by the painter John Callcot Horsley. It is modern and attractive,…