Claude Viallat

1936 · France

Artist biography

Claude Viallat is an established contemporary artist, who was born in France - other established artists such as Carlín Díaz, Claude Viallat, Laure Prouvost, VALÉRIE COLLART , and Christine Piot were also born in France. Claude Viallat was born in 1936.

About Claude Viallat's works

Claude Viallat's work is representative of the fields of Conceptual and Abstraction. Conceptual art is arguably not as clear and easily defined as other art movements, and can often provoke intense reactions in the viewers. By nature, Conceptualism puts an emphasis on the strategies and research that go into the creation, making the concept of an artwork its most essential feature, rather than the actual finished product. Although the movement emerged in the mid 1960s, simultaneously across Europe and America, its father Marcel Duchamp had paved the way back in 1917, with his controversial artwork Fontaine. Conceptual art rejects the traditional mediums, and strives to place the artwork in the realm of ideas - rather than that of material constructions. Some of the most prominent figures of Conceptualism include artists such as Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner and Yoko Ono.

Abstraction, in essence terms, means distancing or suppressing one thing from another. When it comes to the visual arts, it can be understood as creating an artwork which distances itself from a true representational reference point. The movement first came to be in the early 20th century, and can be seen as an attempt to release the artist’s creative energy, through freedom and constant self-renewal. In abstract artworks, the object is schematised, with the use of colours and textures, thus creating a fundamentally new perception of reality. Abstract art can be traced back to Impressionism, and paved the way for a significant number of movements, including Cubism, Surrealism, or Abstract Expressionism, which is still considered to be one the most powerful contemporary art movements. Some critically acclaimed artists renowned for their contribution to Abstraction include Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, or Pablo Picasso.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Claude Viallat's work is available on display in multiple galleries around the globe such as in Belgium and France. Galleries include Galerie Templon | Brussels in Belgium, as well as Galerie Oniris - Florent Paumelle and Galerie Brugier-Rigail in France. Claude Viallat most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at HdM Gallery in Beijing (25 October 2019 until 22 November 2019) with the exhibition Solo Exhibition. Claude Viallat's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Drawing Now Art Fair - Paris (27 May 2020 - 31 May 2020) at Galerie Oniris - Florent Paumelle in France and GUERRE(S) (17 December 2019 - 31 January 2020) at Ceysson & Bénétière | Paris in France. Claude Viallat's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Claude Viallat : Major Works 1967 - 2017 and took place at Ceysson & Bénétière | Paris in France from the 06 May 2017 to 15 July 2017.

At the moment, five works from Claude Viallat are for sale on Artland.

Claude Viallat in private collections

On Artland, Robert Mollers includes works by Claude Viallat, but also others by Mar Hernández, Tora Aghabayova, and Wolfgang Tillmans, critically acclaimed artists and prominent figures of the Art World.

Historical Context of France

France has been an important country in the unfolding of modernism. Throughout the 19th century, France established the beginnings of what is currently known as the avant-garde, including movements such as Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Art Nouveau, led by world renowned artists. During the first part of the 20th century, Paris was an essential intellectual and cultural centre, contributing cutting-edge movements such as Cubism, Fauvism, Dadaism and Surrealism, amongst others. These movements flourished at the beginning of the century, in the period immediately preceding the Second World War. Major French creative figures from the beginning of the century include Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque (Spanish national who settled in France) Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and Le Corbusier amidst many of others.

Further Biographical Context for Claude Viallat

Born in 1936, Claude Viallat was primarily influenced by the 1950s. During the Post War period, New York City became the international focus for Modernism. During the Second World War, many artists had made their way to the city after having fled in exile from Europe, which resulted in a merging and amalgamation of abilities and ideas. Whilst in New York, influential Europeans such as Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers and Hans Hoffmann provided inspiration for American artists, and influenced cultural maturation in the United States for many subsequent decades. Influential artists of this period included Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. In later revisions, the contributions and efforts of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois have been acknowledged, amongst many other female creatives.

Claude Viallat

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 12
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