The Lasting Works of Photography Pioneer and Proponent Lucien Clergue
Portfolio of twelve Fresson prints, 8 x 12 inches (312 x 212 mm) affixed by archival tape to windowed mounts.
Housed in a clamshell case designed by Clergue, with a windowed compartment containing a sculptural object, a painted rock set in loose Camargue sand. Some handling marks to case, cloth lifting slightly at rear.
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Signature: each signed by the photographer in pencil on the reverse; with the printed title and colophon, signed and editioned '3' by the photographer in pencil.
French photographer Lucien Clergue’s work is deeply rooted in his home city of Arles. Picking up a camera as a young man in post-war Provence, he took a different route than other artists of his generation, turning his lens on the rubble and destruction of France after the war, often shooting in low-lit, decimated homes. In addition to his scenes of the city, Clergue’s oeuvre includes incisive images of peers such as Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, and other iconic figures in the south of France. It is his faceless female nudes, however—from the subtle eroticism of his beachside scenes to the chic geometries of his black-and-white “Nu Zebre” series—that have become the artist’s signature.
French, 1934-2014, Arles, France