Composition en bleu et noir

CLAUDE VENARD (1913-1999)

Composition en bleu et noir

c. 1950 France

Offered by John Adams Fine Art

Price Upon Request
Request Information Call Dealer
Favourite Item
Claude Venard was born in Paris in 1913. Drawing and geometry were his passion at school, and at the age of seventeen he decided to become an artist. Enrolling at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris proved to be a disaster, and he left after twenty four hours to follow his own path. This involved evening classes at the École des Arts Appliqués, and various jobs such as designing for a silk factory, and working at the Louvre.

Claude Venard first exhibited in 1935, both in France and abroad, joining the Force Nouvelles Group in 1936 at the Galerie Billiet-Vorms in Paris. This group of artists led by Henri Heraut wished to revive the strict principals of draughtsmanship and craftsmanship they felt had been progressively lost, combined with an expressive vigour relevant to contemporary life. This rigid attitude proved inconsistent with his more relaxed view of the world and after military duty during the Second World War, Claude Venard concentrated on his own individual and independent vision. This proved very successful, and he continued to exhibit, (mainly one man shows), during the course of his long career in Paris, London, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Germany, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Canada, Belgium and Holland.

The landscapes of Brittany and Provence were to be an enduring inspiration to him throughout his life, together with Paris and the Mediterranean islands of Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily, which he would visit each summer on his boat “Denise-Joseph”. He remained faithful to a Post-Cubist compositional style, with a bold palette full of colour, sometimes applied to the canvas in such a manner so as to produce a rich impasto.

Claude Venard’s wholehearted love of life and all its aspects is reflected in his paintings with recurring themes of boats, Provence, Breton ports and scenes of Montmartre, together with nudes and richly coloured still-lives.

Examples of his paintings can be found in the Tate Gallery, London, Musée d’Art Modern, Paris, and museums at Rouen, Grenoble, Nice, Basel, Munich, Tokyo, San Paulo, Mexico City, Motreal, Dallas and Palm Springs.

Claude Venard died in 1999.
Height 68.00 cm (26.77 inches)
Width 30.00 cm (11.81 inches)
Oil on Canvas
John Adams Fine Art

John Adams Fine Art
John Adams Fine Art
200 Ebury Street

+44 (0)20 7730 8999
+44 (0)7802 793949
Favourite Dealer
Request Dealer Alerts
Opening Hours
View Dealer Location
Member Since 2006
Members of
View Full Details