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Claude Venard
Abstract Post Cubist Painting Nude on a Beach 'The Bather' , blue & white

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This dark majestic blue colour palette makes for a composition that is rich and visually appealing. The geometric shapes combined with the colour palette make this work incredibly energetic, exciting and typical of his post-Cubist style. The thick impasto in ‘The Bather’ adds to an unusually organic atmosphere to the work, created by the thick layering of the oil paint that Venard then scratched into with a paintbrush. Beginning his career at La Louvre, Venard cultivated an ever-changing aesthetic, as he experimented over the years. He was a visionary, creating his own artistic path. In 1945, through his continued friendship with Gruber and Marchand, Venard shared mutual success. 'The Bather' by Claude Venard.

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Claude Venard

Claude Vénard has a distinct style — it’s post-Cubist in its composition and he progressively accentuated the chromaticism of his palette up to reaching the crudest of colors, which he used in very thick forms and sometimes applied with a pallet knife.

Vénard was born in France in 1913 and, dedicating himself fully to making paintings at the age of 17, he studied at the École des Arts Appliqués for six years, having fled the Académie des Beaux-Arts after just 48 hours. In 1938 he signed the Rupture manifesto and participated in the first exhibition of the influential group Forces Nouvelles, alongside Francis Gruber and Pierre Tal-Coat at the Galerie Billiet-Vorms. A close affinity subsequently developed among these painters and together they were instrumental in forging the aesthetic of the immediate postwar period of the Ecole de Paris.

Vénard quickly became known for his rich impasto and varying texture. He received critical acclaim and was personally championed by Andre Salmon and Waldemar George, who described his painting as “Apocalyptic art! Beings and everyday things suddenly regain their meaning. Emotional values are once more felt.”

Vénard’s distinct and alluring compositions developed through a post-Cubist system that oscillates between abstraction and naturalism. He opens up perspectives projecting spatial vistas into every part of the canvas, in accordance with an emotional rather than a physical order. Familiar objects arise in the midst of a network of striations and hatching. Colors grow more intense in certain zones to stress the solidity of the composition; in other zones the light is more tenuous and diaphanous, as if to indicate space of different emotional intensity.

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(Biography provided by Gallery of the Masters)

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