Artwork by Antoni Clavé, Etoiles et Signes (1969)
Etoiles et Signes, 1969
76 x 56 cm
about Antoni Clavé
Antoni Clavé (Barcelona, 1913 - Saint-Tropez, 2005) was a Spanish painter, sculptor and graphic artist. Clavé was a disciple of the sculptor Ángel Ferrant and the painter Mongrell, and he began painting at the School of Fine Arts of Barcelona, his foray into the professional field was produced through cinematographic posters. Affiliated with the Republican Army during the Spanish Civil War, in January 1939 he went into exile to France, where he spent time in a refugee camp. Little by little he went back his artistic activities and forms together with a group of Spanish painters, the School of Paris.
In 1941 he set up his first workshop in Montparnasse and in 1949 he exhibited for the first time in Paris. Since then his name appears in the Parisian Autumn and General Society of Fine Arts salons. In 1978, the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris (now the Georges Pompidou Center), dedicated the first retrospective to him, making him one of the most prestigious artists of his generation. In 1984, the Spanish State dedicated an exhibition to him at the Venecia Biennial and he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Generalitat of Catalonia.