Les Balleines
          Private collection HK / Oil on canvas 29 1/2 x 29 1/2 inch.


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Claude Venard was a French post-Cubist and still life painter. Known for working in a distinctive angular style, he accentuated the chromatic qualities of his palette through thickly applied impasto paint. Born on March 21, 1913 in Paris, France the artist enrolled at the École des Beaux-Arts, but abandoned his studies after only two days—instead, his arts education would come from his job repairing paintings with a master restorer at the Louvre Museum. In 1936, Venard participated in a group exhibition for a new art movement that derided the avant-garde in favor of a return to strict and traditional principles of craftsmanship: the Forces Nouvelles, a group which included the painters Pierre Tal-Coat and André Marchand. Eventually Venard would rebel against them, forging his own post-Cubist style utilizing a wide color palette applied roughly with a pallet knife, creating a visceral, “raw” strain of the geometric aesthetic. Throughout the 1950s, Venard’s paintings became more abstracted, as evidenced in Still Life(1955–1956). The artist’s works are included in the permanent collection of the Modern Art Museum in Paris, the Tate Gallery in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Tokyo Museum. He died in Savary, France in 1999. -Artnet-

Museum exhibition — Tate Gallery London

Everyday a new page, crisp, beautiful and white. Breakfast in complete serenity with both of us thinking of our respective occupations for the  day. Claude goes off to his studio and I stay behind with plenty to do in the house.

At lunch time, a quick lunch together then he's back to his studio. The evening is for relaxing, chatting, a good meal, friends often come over, there's lots of laughter, we change the world and make up reinventions.

Our travel projects were totally improvised.  We'd go to Locarno and find ourselves in Venice. We were like a boat sailing with the wind in its sails at full speed.

The social commitments, like gallery previews, were anxious times for Claude, and far from pleasurable. Suitable attire for such occasions was left to the last minute, 
and Claude feeling most uncomfortable in his new shoes and  tie would disappear to the local cinema, and calm down watching a film.

As you have probably come to the conclusion by now this book is an insight into Claude's life as seen through my eyes.I have no intention of analysing Claude's work and simply want the reader to take in and enjoy looking at the pages, which show a lifetime of work and passion.    -  Renata

The above is excerpts from the book C.Venard.  Wish to buy the book.

Claude Venard

Claude Venard