Camille Claus

Camille Claus was a French Postwar & Contemporary painter who was born in 1920. Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain (MAMCS) featured Camille Claus's work in the past. He is one of the major Alsatian artists of the 20th century, first expressionist, then abstract and figurative. He was also a draftsman, poet, serigrapher and teacher at the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg. He was close to the painters Auguste Herbin and Jean Arp. The artist was bon in 1920 and died in 2005.

He was successfully sold at auctions more than 30 times, including auctions in France, Germany and Netherlands.

"Despite an apparent naivety, the work of Camille Claus is marked by a great depth that ignored passing fashions", according to Fabrice Hergott, a museum curator and art historian, director of the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. The painter had exhibited for the first time in Strasbourg in 1949, before presenting his work at the Creuze gallery in Paris from 1953. He was the author of several poetic publications, all published in Alsace.
According to Fabrice Hergott, the last years of his creation had known a "joyful colorful jubilation" contrasting with the sobriety of his work. (cit. acc. to L'OBS)

Presented works from Mythologie of Rhein (Une Mythologie du Rhin) (1986) - silkscreen prints series - were parts of the commission made for the best clients of Banque Populaire. It depicts Rhein landscapes with mythological and sensual scenes.

The Alsatian artist Camille Claus drew his inspiration from the course of the Rhine. These serigraphs make up a prestigious edition produced in 1986.

“Flicking through a photo album, I had the idea of drawing the Rhine, from its source to its mouth, stopping only at certain places and not at others. For what? If I knew the secret ways of inspiration...? I felt at home on the banks of the river which saw me born and which, with its alluvial deposits and its scoriae, taught me, a little wrong and through, what I became: an old man loaded with memories .
The Greek gods, those of the Bible and of Buddha too, I found them all in the blue and pink waves, serious and ironic, dark and luminous. But also, all my life as a painter, everything I believe in takes place in this series of images.
A true and impossible story, a human story, this is what these drawings describe. They invite the reader to travel according to his own imagination". C.Claus

values: Alsace, The Rhine, mythology

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