Claude Venard
1913 – 1999

Claude Venard

Paysage du Var

oil on canvas
25 1/2 x 31 3/4 inches, 65 x80.6 cm

Born in Paris in 1913, Venard began his art studies taking evening classes at the Ecole des Arts Appliques in Paris. In 1936 Venard began working briefly as a restorer at the Louvre, an experience that would serve him well in his artistic career. In 1938 Venard joined Forces Nouvelles, a new European art movement that was focused on abstraction. Venard rejoined Forces Nouvelles after the second world war, exhibiting in France and internationally alongside artists such as Pierre Tal-Coat; Andre Marchand, Andre Civet and Francis Gruber.

Using a palette knife and heavy impasto, Venard painted still life and cityscapes using bright and bold colours to create his own style of post-cubist art, in part influenced by the works of Cezanne, Picasso and Braque. By the 1950s Venard’s style had become more abstracted, reducing the canvas to geometric outlines and using both colour and a monochrome palate. Venard enjoyed both commercial and artistic success in his native France and internationally and was represented by the Galerie Felix Vercel in Paris and London throughout his successful career.

Collections:
Tate, London
Musee d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Dallas Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum, New York
Sao Paulo Museum of Art
Musee des Beaux Art, Rouen
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Neve Pinakothek, Munich

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