Locomotive

by Claude Venard

P.O.A.

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DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 50.6 x 76.2 in./ 128.5 x 193.5 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed lower right
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

This dynamic work is a fine example of Claude Venard’s paintings. Through the use of thick impasto and of strong colours, Venard has captured the movement and energy of the locomotive as it arrives into the station. The paint seems to have been applied roughly with a pallet knife- a method that Venard used in his later works- and the impasto helps create the smokiness and atmosphere of a busy Parisian train station. The bold lines, vivid colours and striking composition has made Locomotive a modern masterpiece pulsing with life.

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This dynamic work is a fine example of Claude Venard’s paintings. Through the use of thick impasto and of strong colours, Venard has captured the movement and energy of the locomotive as it arrives into the station. The paint seems to have been applied roughly with a pallet knife- a method that Venard used in his later works- and the impasto helps create the smokiness and atmosphere of a busy Parisian train station. The bold lines, vivid colours and striking composition has made Locomotive a modern masterpiece pulsing with life.

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Private Collection, United States

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Biography

Claude Venard started training as a painter at the age of 17 at the École des Arts Appliqués in Paris. In 1936, he was part of a group show at the Galerie Billet-Worms, which critic Waldemar George hailed as the birth of the group Forces Nouvelles. During the next four years, this group promoted a new form of figuration, marked by the rejection of Impressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism. Over time, Venard distanced himself from the group, which became increasingly figurative. In 1939, the group officially split, but Venard continued to gain recognition during and after the war.

He remained faithful to a post-Cubist compositional style established by the Forces Nouvelles, but progressively accentuated the chromatic qualities of his palette, striving to produce crude colours, which he applied in thick impasto. Venard enjoyed success during his lifetime, and was given solo shows around the world, in Paris, London, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Dusseldorf, Munich Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Canada, Belgium, and Holland.

Today, his works can be found in major public and private institutions around the world, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris, the Tate London, and the São Paulo Museum of Art.

 

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