Nature Morte Aux Fruits

by Claude Venard

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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.

DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 40.0 x 40.0 in./101.6 x 101.6 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed lower right
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

Catalogue No: 5573 Categories: ,

Claude Venard was known for his rich impasto and varying textures. The artist participated in the acclaimed École de Paris group exhibitions at the Galerie Carpentier and helped found the revolutionary Salon de Mai in 1944, which played an essential role promoting avant-garde abstract painters in Paris.

Claude Venard’s unique and alluring compositions developed through the Post-Cubist method, deftly combining abstraction and naturalism. Coupled with his use of vibrant and strong colour, often applied with a palette knife to achieve a rich impasto, Venard’s optimistic attitude and obvious enjoyment of life imbues everyday objects and his views of Paris with an undeniably French joie de vivre. The artist said of his approach to his paintings “One must be wary of works that seduce at first sight; I do not mean that ugliness is a virtue, but a painting should be powerful without the use of trite devices.”

Private collection, United Kingdom

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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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