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…

Art and bullfighting

Art and bullfighting

Last month, a book about bullfighting was published. Written by Ozvan Bottois, this book compiles the iconographic, historical and poetic approaches, to show how relentless the artists were to tackle bullfighting in their works. Barcelo, Botero, Dalí, Doré, Goya, Manet, Masson, Picasso, Solana, Viallat, Zuloaga, all of them explored their fascination for the corrida, and the values that it shares with art.

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…

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…