LUCIEN CLERGUE

28 FEBRUARY - 31 MARCH 2012

Lucien Clergue made his name in the 1950s when, as a young photographer, he became close to both Jean Cocteau and Pablo Picasso both of whom supported him early in his career. He went on the establish himself as one of the most idiosyncratic and influential French photographers, combining a subtle artistic sensibility with the heat and sensuality of his native Provence.

Clergue's archive contains a vast array of imagery, but there are three strong themes that emerge female nudes, bullfighting, and Picasso and his circle. While the nudes have become iconic in the history of photography, all three subject matters are of significant, recurrent interest to Clergue, allowing him to express himself and his world.

Clergue's genius is to produce beautiful images that appeal on a sensual level, but that also engage the viewer intellectually. His photographs speak of the South of France: heat, sand, dust, art, sensuality and, in the case of bullfighting, life and death.They take us on a journey through Clergue's life and passions, while also revealing his deeper thoughts about the world and his place within it.

PICASSO CHEZ MADOURA, VALLAURIS, 1967


 by LUCIEN CLERGUE (1934-2014) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

PICASSO CHEZ MADOURA, VALLAURIS, 1967

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CRAQUELURE, CAMARGUE, 1964 by LUCIEN CLERGUE (1934-2014) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

CRAQUELURE, CAMARGUE, 1964

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RIDEAU ENLUMINE, SANDEPOUY (GERS), 2010 by LUCIEN CLERGUE (1934-2014) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

RIDEAU ENLUMINE, SANDEPOUY (GERS), 2010

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JONCS DU MARAIS, ARLES, 1972 by LUCIEN CLERGUE (1934-2014) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

JONCS DU MARAIS, ARLES, 1972

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SABLES (LANGAGE DES SABLES), CAMARGUE, 1979 by LUCIEN CLERGUE (1934-2014) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

SABLES (LANGAGE DES SABLES), CAMARGUE, 1979

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SABLES, CAMARGUE,  2003

 by LUCIEN CLERGUE (1934-2014) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

SABLES, CAMARGUE, 2003

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NINO DE CAPEA, NIMES, 1977 by LUCIEN CLERGUE (1934-2014) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NINO DE CAPEA, NIMES, 1977

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NU DE LA PLAGE, CAMARGUE, 1971
 by LUCIEN CLERGUE (1934-2014) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NU DE LA PLAGE, CAMARGUE, 1971

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NU DE LA PLAGE, CAMARGUE, 1972 by LUCIEN CLERGUE (1934-2014) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NU DE LA PLAGE, CAMARGUE, 1972

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TWINKA, MONTEREY, 1975

 by LUCIEN CLERGUE (1934-2014) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

TWINKA, MONTEREY, 1975

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NU DE LA MER, CAMARGUE, 2009 by LUCIEN CLERGUE (1934-2014) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NU DE LA MER, CAMARGUE, 2009

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NU AUX POISSONS, BESSEGES, 2005 by LUCIEN CLERGUE (1934-2014) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NU AUX POISSONS, BESSEGES, 2005

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NU ZEBRE, NEW YORK, 2007 by LUCIEN CLERGUE (1934-2014) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NU ZEBRE, NEW YORK, 2007

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NU ZEBRE A LA FENETRE, NEW YORK, 1998 by LUCIEN CLERGUE (1934-2014) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NU ZEBRE A LA FENETRE, NEW YORK, 1998

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HABILLEE DE LUMIERE, SANTA BARBARA, 2002 by LUCIEN CLERGUE (1934-2014) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

HABILLEE DE LUMIERE, SANTA BARBARA, 2002

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