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Claude Venard (French, 1913-1999)


Birth Place: Burgundy, France


Who is painter Claude Venard?

Claude Venard was a painter who experimented in the post-Cubist method. His work often combined elements of abstraction and naturalism, effortlessly combining eye-catching colors with a palette knife to create thick, paint smears on his canvases. His work was largely optimistic, a trait that the artist saw as a natural extension of himself. He was part of the renowned Ecole de Paris group of exhibitions and was a founder of the Salon de Mai (1944), an essential agent in promoting the more avant-garde painters of Paris during that time.

His work was universally recognized during his lifetime. He was the subject of several solo exhibitions in Paris, starting in 1944 and continuing yearly until his death in 2000. Venard’s pieces also were extremely popular in America, Canada, and even South America. His work was featured in the 1956 Venice Biennale, and his paintings are in the collections of some of the most prestigious galleries in the world. That includes museums like the Tate in London, the Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris, MoMA New York, and the San Paolo Museum of Art in Brazil.

What kind of art did Claude Venard make?

Claude Venard painted abstract and post-cubist paintings that often experimented with strong color use. He frequently used a palette knife to apply thick swaths of paint, creating beautiful impastos full of multi-color. His work often seems joyful, a trait that was consciously and liberally applied to his aesthetic. Venard was an infamous optimist, able to find joy and beauty in the mundane and even throw-away aspects of life. He believed in finding that beauty in those places, even going so far as to avoid the stereotypically beautiful subjects of his peers, calling those ideas “trite”. He leaves behind a large volume of work that is popular both in his native France and abroad.

How did painter Claude Venard get started?

Claude Venard was born in Paris in 1913 to humble beginnings. He enrolled at the prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts, but quit the school after only two days of class. He found work instead as an apprentice with the master restorer at the Louvre Museum, learning to repair paintings as well as a large dose of art history. This time had a profound effect on the young artist, spurring him to new ideas and aesthetics. He was included in his first group exhibition in 1936, The Forces Nouvelles, who challenged the traditional aesthetics of the Paris art world and reveled in their avant-garde aesthetics. Eventually, Venard would leave the group, focusing instead on his post-Cubist tendencies and developing the techniques for which he would become known in the late 1940s and 1950s.

How much are Claude Venard paintings worth?

Claude Venard's works range from $500 on the low-end to $50,000 on the high-end depending on the size, media and subject. Oils from the mid-20th century tend to be the most desirable at auction. The most ever paid at auction for a Claude Venard painting is $57,260 for the piece Cathedral (date not given) on May 2nd, 2018.

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