Lucien Clergue, ‘Language of the Sand 37’, circa 1975, Heritage Auctions
Lucien Clergue, ‘Language of the Sand 37’, circa 1975, Heritage Auctions
Lucien Clergue, ‘Language of the Sand 37’, circa 1975, Heritage Auctions
Lucien Clergue, ‘Language of the Sand 37’, circa 1975, Heritage Auctions

Condition Report: Sheet measures 15-1/2 x 11 inches; cornered into a window mat; one spot of possible retouching to the lower right corner; a few thin accretions to the upper right margin extending in to the image; a few pinhead sized indentations to the upper left quadrant.

Signature: Signed in ink in margin recto; titled and dated in ink on verso.

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

About Lucien Clergue

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