Header Image #17

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The header image is a from a painting by Pierre de Clausade.
Look at his way of using tonality to compose the image, it has great subtlety resulting from the use of very few colours.

The big version of the picture and a brief biography are below the fold>>
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His biography reveals that: Pierre de Clausade was born in Paris on the 15th April 1910. Although he did not begin to paint for exhibition until he was 31, the desire to express himself through painting had occurred to him many years before.

Clausade felt that, in addition to a thorough knowledge of his craft, he must experiment – following the example of his contemporaries Braque, Matisse and Picasso. After many years of trial and error he felt sufficiently confident to hold his first exhibition in Paris in 1943. The exhibition was a phenomenal success and as a result further shows were held during the following years.

Pierre de Clausade exhibited regularly at the Société des Beaux Arts and became a member of the Salon d’Hiver. Then his fame spread abroad and his paintings entered many distinguished collections, including that of the Brazilian Ambassador and the Boston and Minneapolis Museums of Fine Art.

Despite this success Clausade continued to develop his technique, striving for perfection and the satisfaction of his analytical nature. Pierre de Clausade was awarded the great honour of the Medaille d’Argent by the jury of the Paris Salon in January 1953. He died in 1975.

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2 responses to “Header Image #17

  1. This will sound totally unbelievable, but the painting you show above used to hang over my parent’s couch in the house I grew up in in Chicago. I had always liked the picture for the exact reasons you cite, even as a small boy who knew nothing about what “real” art was. We sold the painting not long ago to a British art gallery for what we now know is a ridiculously small amount, and I ache when I think about losing that wonderful painting. However, not long after the painting was sold, we suffered a fire in our house, which would have destroyed it completely, so in many ways I am glad it is safe.

    I am glad you cite this painting for its richness of subtlety. May I ask where you were able to secure a good quality image? I would like to get a copy of that image for my files. Thanks!

  2. What an amazing story! And what a shame to lose a painting like that out of your life, even though it meant the painting was saved.
    I can’t remember exactly where I found the picture; It might have been at Sotheby’s auction site where I spend too much time on picture research. I’ll send you my best quality version in an email.

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