Fine Art

Claude Venard

French, 1913-1999

Le vase

Oil on canvas
39 1/4 x 39 1/4 inches (99.7 x 99.7 cm)
Framed: 43 1/2 x 43 1/2 inches (110.5 x 110.5 cm)
Signed lower left: C. Venard


Galerie Félix Vercel, Paris
Maison Bernard Galería de Arte, Caracas
Private Collection


Claude Venard, Maison Bernard Galería de Arte, Caracas, Venezuela, October 1980.

This painting is sold with a certificate of authenticity from Galerie Félix Vercel, Paris.

Claude Venard trained as a painter at the École des Arts Appliqués in Paris, then as a restorer at the Louvre. In 1936, he was part of a group show at the Galerie Billet-Worms, which critic Waldemar George hailed as the birth of the group Forces Nouvelles. During the next four years, this group promoted a new form of figuration, marked by the rejection of Impressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism. Over time, Venard distanced himself from the group, which became increasingly figurative. In 1939, the group officially split, but Venard continued to gain recognition during and after the war.

Though Venard remained faithful to a post-Cubist compositional style established by the Forces Nouvelles, he progressively accentuated the chromatic qualities of his palette, striving to produce crude colors, which he applied in thick impasto. Venard enjoyed success during his lifetime, and was extended solo shows around the world. Today, his works can be found in major public and private institutions around the world, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Musée d'Art Moderne in Paris, the Tate London, and the São Paulo Museum of Art.

Our painting depices a colorful, lively still life. Quasi-abstract, the work features Venard’s typical use of a bold brushstrokes with the palette of both bright and earthy tones. The tall vase on the table is the focal point of this work. It is painted in white, brown and green tones, which render the vase a three dimensional dynamic. The blue table cloths are painted with geometric shapes and sharp lines. The bright orange and green tones in the background provide the composition great contrast and draw further attention to the table arrangement. The abstract quality is enhanced by the skewed perspective of this composition.