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CLERGUE, LUCIEN
Nus de la Mer
np, np, 1960. EXTREMELY RARE HANDMADE ALBUM, COMPLETE WITH 10 GELATIN SILVER PRINTS. SIGNED AND NUMBERED IN COLORED PENCIL, 105 OF 150 COPIES. "French photographer Lucien Clergue's candid portraits of famous friends, fellow artists, and patrons-Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, and Saint-John Perse among them-are widely celebrated as intimate studies of the daily life of an artist. However, Clergue is perhaps most remembered and respected for his black-and-white studies of light, shadow, and form, featuring sinuous female bodies, dynamic sand dunes, and seascapes extracted from the coast of the Camargue. "Clergue became the first photographer to be elected to the Académie des Beaux Arts in Paris and was a lifelong proponent of photography as an art form in its own right, on par with painting and other fine arts. Photography was a relatively new medium when Clergue began experimenting with it beyond his previous, more documentary work. Many early photographers spoke in a visual idiom similar to those of painting, drawing, and sculpture, staging their scenes and posing their subjects. Clergue was one of the first to move beyond attempts to adopt the conceits of other art forms, electing instead to manipulate perspective and proportion, as well as light and shadow, to produce entirely novel imagery that possesses many of the qualities of other forms of expression, such as painting, sculpture, and collage, while transcending the limitations of each of these. "Always shot in broad daylight, but predominantly in black and white, Clergue's silver gelatin prints of nudes-which were publ … [Click Below for Full Description]
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