Galerie Clairefontaine is honouring the memory of French photographer Lucien Clergue, who died last November.
A founder of the Rencontres d’Arles photography festival in his hometown and a friend of Pablo Picasso, Lucien Clergue was a legend in the French arts scene and a highly acclaimed photographer. He passed away on 15 November 2014, and is honoured with an exhibition at the Galerie Clairefontaine--where he had exhibited during his lifetime and with whose owner, Dr. Marita Ruiter, he was a friend.
An obituary in the Telegraph describes Clergue’s work as embracing “esoteric Provençal characters” as he photographed gypsies and bullfights. Later he focused on nudes by the sea, the Camargue landscape and its component elements--indeed, his photographs of nudes are almost like landscapes.
As well as the Clairefontaine friendship, there is another Luxembourg connection--in 1959 photographer and curator Edward Steichen (born in Luxembourg) bought ten of Clergue’s prints for MoMA’s permanent collection.
In 1969, he created the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles. He has published over 75 books and produced around twenty short and medium-length films. His photographs are part of the collection of major museums. He was the first photographer to become the president of the “Académie des Beaux Arts” in 2013.
Galerie Clairefontaine espace 2, rue du St. Esprit, Luxembourg-Centre
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