Francesco Clemente, ‘Departure of the Argonaut’, 1986, Heritage Auctions
Francesco Clemente, ‘Departure of the Argonaut’, 1986, Heritage Auctions
Francesco Clemente, ‘Departure of the Argonaut’, 1986, Heritage Auctions

Condition Report: Heavy creasing throughout center left; soft handling creases through margins. Sheet is loose and folded vertically. Unframed

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

Publisher: Petersburg Press, New York

About Francesco Clemente

Italian painter Francesco Clemente came to prominence in the mid-1970s with vivid paintings rife with erotic imagery of mutilated body parts, gesturing amorphous figures often depicted in rich colors, as well as a series of contorted self-portraits. Fascinated with Indian art and mysticism, his gouache paintings and pastel drawings are especially noted for their intense and arcane quasi-religious content that has grown increasingly surreal in his later works. Though large in scale, Clemente’s work often conveys an uncanny and unabashed intimacy. Involved in the revolt against formalism and the detached qualities of much Conceptual Art, Clemente has been compared to such painters as Georg Baselitz and David Salle.

Italian, b. 1952, Naples, Italy, based in New York, NY; Rome, Italy; Madras, India

Group Shows

2015
2012
Lentos Kunstmuseum, 
Linz, Austria,
Der nackte Mann
1984
Museum of Modern Art, 
New York, NY, USA,
An International Survey of Recent Painting and Scultpure
1983
The Tate Gallery, 
London, UK,
New Art at the Tate Gallery
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