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Life and Work

Lucien Clergue © Michael Dannenmann

Lucien Clergue's photographic work is full of shadows and light, motifs that celebrate life but also symbolize death. His art is an ever evolving quest, an exploration of the unknown.

Born in 1934 in Arles in southern France, Lucien Clergue remained faithful to his homeland and the Mediterranean culture until the end of his life – they inspired and influenced his work decisively. The nude has a special significance in Clergues work. From the 1950s onwards, he repeatedly created nude photographs with an unmistakable signature. His »Zebra nudes«, in which he experimented with effects from stroboscopes, are as well-known as his early works »Nu de la mer«, in which women’s naked bodies blend into the seascape, like rocks washed by the surf.
Lucien Clergue is also known for his long friendship with Pablo Picasso and his close collaboration with Jean Cocteau. As the founder of one of the most important international festivals for photography, the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in his hometown Arles, he has done a lot to make works by photographers from all over the world known.
His photographic work has been exhibited in many of the world's major museums and published in numerous international publications. On the occasion of the first anniversary of his death in November 2015, the Grand Palais in Paris dedicated a comprehensive retrospective to him.

Biography

1934 born in Arles, FR
1948 gets a box camera donated by his mother, learns photography in self-study
1954 first encounter with Pablo Picasso
1969 founded the photography festival »Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie« in Arles, FR
2014 died in Nîmes, FR

Works (Selection)

Lucien Clergue, Nu zébré Arles 2009, 2009, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Lucien Clergue, Nu zébré Arles 2009, 2009, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Lucien Clergue, Nu zébré New York 2012, 1997, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Lucien Clergue, Nu zébré New York 2012, 1997, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Lucien Clergue, Picasso en kimono ( Notre-Dame de Vie, Mougins 1965), 1965 printed in 2009, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Lucien Clergue, Picasso en kimono ( Notre-Dame de Vie, Mougins 1965), 1965 printed in 2009, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Lucien Clergue, Picasso à la mer (Cannes 1965), 1965
Lucien Clergue, Picasso à la mer (Cannes 1965), 1965
Lucien Clergue, Picasso au bain (Plage de Cannes 1965), 1965
Lucien Clergue, Picasso regardant le crapaud à Notre-Dame de Vie (Mougins 1965), 1965
Lucien Clergue, Picasso aux arènes de Fréjus, 1962
Lucien Clergue, Picasso et Jean Cocfeau avec Douglas Cooper à la corrida (Fréjus 1962), 1962
Lucien Clergue, Jacqueline et pablo Picasso chez l´antiquaire (Arles 1959), 1959
Lucien Clergue, Picasso et Jacqueline (Cannes 1955), 1955 printed in 2000
Lucien Clergue, Picasso à la cigarette III (Cannes 1956), 1956
Lucien Clergue, Nu de la mer, 1956, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Lucien Clergue, Lucien Clergue et Picasso (1956 Arles), 1956, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Lucien Clergue, Picasso à « La Californie » (Cannes 1955), 1955 printed in 2000
Lucien Clergue, Picasso (Cannes 1955), 1955, printed in 1982
Lucien Clergue, Picasso entre le portrait de Dora Maar et le statue des Iles Marquises (Cannes 1955), 1955 printed 2007
Lucien Clergue, Picasso chez l’antiquaire (Arles 1957)
Lucien Clergue, UNT.
Lucien Clergue, Picasso à la Cigarette II (Cannes 1956)
Lucien Clergue, Danseuse gitane Saintes Maries de la Mer, 1959, 1955, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Lucien Clergue, o.T. (23), 1955
Lucien Clergue, o.T. (31), 1955, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Lucien Clergue, Jeune gitane. Arles, 1958, 1955, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Solo exhibitions (selection)

2013 Lucien Clergue. Des hommes et des femmes habillées de lumière, Galerie Clairefontaine, Luxembourg, LU
2012 Ichundichundich. Picasso im Fotoportrait, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, DE
2011 Ichundichundich. Picasso im Fotoportrait, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, DE
2010 Nude Visions. 150 Jahre Körperbilder in der Fotografie, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, DE
Lucien Clergue: Nus & autres sujets, Galerie Clairefontaine, Luxembourg, LU
Nude Visions. 150 Jahre Körperbilder in der Fotografie, Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal, DE
2009 Lucien Clergue, Yann Arthus-Bertrand Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris, FR
Les Rencontres d’Arles 2009, Arles, FR
2008 Lucien Clergue – Eine Retrospektive, Kunsthaus Wien, Vienna, AT
Lucien Clergue: Magie und Mythos, Picasso Museum, Muenster, DE
Die Hände der Kunst, Marta Herford, Herford, DE
Lucien Clergue, Städtische Galerie Erlangen, Erlangen, DE
sehen ganz nah und sehr fern, Städtische Galerie Erlangen, Erlangen, DE
2007 Exposition de photographies, Galerie Aittouarès, Paris, FR
Art Protects, Yvon Lambert, Paris, FR
gezeichnet, Galerie Peter Borchardt, Hamburg, DE
2006 Lucien Clergue. Fifty Years of Photography, Louis Stern Fine Arts, West Hollywood
2005 Go Figure, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton
2004 Les Rencontres d’Arles 2004, Arles, FR
1999 Lucien Clergue, Kamera und Fotomuseum Leipzig, Leipzig, DE
1962 Pavillon de Marsan, Palais du Louvre, Paris, FR
1961 Museum of Modern Art, New York

EXHIBITIONS AT BECK & EGGELING (SELECTION)

Publications

STRANGE BEAUTY

STRANGE BEAUTY

  • Artists: Rania Akl, Gerhard Altenbourg, Nikos Aslanidis, Roger Ballen, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Bertozzi & Casoni, Herbert Beck, Louise Bourgeois, Joachim Brohm, Jewgeni Chaldej, Lucien Clergue, Gehard Demetz, Lorenza Diaz, Joachim Elzmann, Katsura Funakoshi, Marianna Gartner, Wolf Hamm, Aspassio Haronitaki, Damien Hirst, Gerhard Hoehme, Leiko Ikemura, Monica Ursina Jäger, Lia Kazakou, Julia Kissina, Jürgen Klauke, Susanne Kühn, Daecheon Lee, Wolfe von Lenkiewicz, Robert Longo, Robert Lucander, Xavier Mascaró, Richard Mosse, Hartmut Neumann, Heribert C. Ottersbach, Chris Reinecke, Katharina Schilling, Norbert Schwontkowski, Valentina Seidel, Norbert Tadeusz, Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Miriam Vlaming, Stefan à Wengen, Robert Wilson, Thomas Wrede
    Editor: Ute Eggeling, Michael Beck
    Text: Charles Baudelaire, Kirsten Nordahl
  • English, German
    Softcover, 24 x 20 cm
    128 pages, 115 illustrations
  • Beck & Eggeling Kunstverlag, 2017
    ISBN 978-3-94606312-4
  • 20,00 €
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Further publications

bibliography

Lucien Clergue
Giles Huxley-Parlour (Hg.),
Galerie Chris Beetles, London, 2012
Lucien Clergue. Magie und Mythos
Ausstellungskatalog, Kunsthaus Wien /
Graphikmuseum Pablo Picasso, Münster /
Städtische Galerie Erlangen, Wien 2007
Lucien Clergue. Roots.
The Gypsy Kings And Their Journey. A Photographic History
Onstage Presentation Inc, 2004
Lucien Clergue. Curated by Christian Lacroix
Bernheimer Fine Art Photography, München 2009
Lucien Clergue. Sacre D´Eros et Thanatos
Ausstellungskatalog, Abbaye de Montmajour, 2009

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