Berengo Studio 1989 | CLAUDE VENARD
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CLAUDE VENARD

Venard was born in 1913 in Burgundy to a family of the French bourgeoisie. At 17, he knew he wished to become a painter and he started attending evening painting classes at the Ecole des Arts Appliqués in Paris. In 1936, after six years of study, he started working as an art restorer for the Louvre Museum, an experience which would enable him to perfect his artistic training and acquire great skills.

In 1936, abstract painting was the most widespread genre. That same year a group of young painters, including Venard, held a show sponsored by the Billet-Worms Gallery, and the critic Waldemar George coined the term Forces Nouvelles for the new movement.

Very soon, however, the artists that had initially made the group famous distanced themselves from the movement and began working individually, as did Venard, who had become estranged from the extremism and radicalism of the new members. In 1945, owing to his friendship with Gruber and Marchand, Venard shared in their success.

Until the end of his career, he would remain stylistically faithful to Post-Cubism, although he gradually increased color contrasts through the use of sharp colors which he often spread on the canvas using small putty knives instead of a paintbrush.

Venard’s artistic career was marked by success and punctuated by numerous one-man shows in Paris, New York, Chicago, Munich, Buenos Aires, and Tokyo. His works are part of the collection of great museums worldwide, including the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris, the Musée de Grenoble, the Tate Gallery in London, and the Kunstmuseum in Basel.