A multidisciplinary artist

Claude Weisbuch is a multidisciplinary artist and the quality of his work earned him international recognition.

Graphically, he knew very early how to combine a classic writing with a sense of movement and contemporary layout. His talent will speak in his paintings, his drawings, his engravings and his lithographies.

His favorite themes are : theatre, musicians, equestrians or characters like Don Quixote, Pulcinella, Harlequin. His work is mainly devoted to engraving. He practiced various techniques (lithography, dry-point, etc.) it also puts at the service of the illustration of some very interesting books of Bibliophily.

In his etchings, the movement and gestures of the subject, are central. Indeed he likes to lead the line, life and character of his characters.

Claude Weisbuch
Claude Weisbuch in 2010 in front of one of his oils on canevas.

Claude Weisbuch is also a painter and draughtsman. His preferred colors are ochre, browns and whites, with which he introduces light effects. Thus his compositions retain life found in his prints. Since 1957 the date of his first exhibition in Paris, the success follows worldwide.

He is present in famous places such as the Museum of art of Paris, the Orangerie of Versailles and many others…

The course

Born in june 1927 in Thionville, he studied at the Beaux-arts of Nancy and died in 2014 in Paris. From 1960 to 1987, he taught engraving at the school national of Fine Arts of Saint Etienne. Initially he attended group exhibitions.

After confidential beginnings, he manages to make himself known in 1961, he received the critics award. In 1962, he began his international career with a show at the Gallery O’Hanna in London.

In 1968, he became member of the company of the french peintres-graveurs and in 1997 he was awarded the Legion of honor. In 2011, a first retrospective is devoted to his work at the Orangerie in the domain of Madame Elisabeth (Versailles).

In 2011, a first retrospective is devoted to his work at the Orangery of Madame Elisabeth’s estate (Versailles).

And on April 13, 2014, he left to join the Artists’ Paradise.

Claude WEISBUCH received from the Japan Emperor the title of living God.

A striking visual signature

His precise and dynamic line books a work while movement and whirling. Thus, his theatrical and lively action gives the feel of a dazzling appearance. By this vivacity, he creates the illusion of characters ready to gush out.

In addition to the movement and dynamism, anguish and passion are suggested by his mastery of staging.

His works often have the appearance of unfinished sketches mixing many colors with great vivacity of the stroke.  This aspect is often reinforced by large parts of the empty surface.

Engraving "Don Juan"
This engraving of Claude Weisbuch, in drypoint, is part of the book Dom Juan de Molière, created in 1991. This series contains 16 etchings plus 6 not retained.

In black, ochre and brown casts, Weisbuch’s way of drawing is alternately serious and playful, tragic and offbeat. He has conducted many studies on the musicians and illustrious characters such as Jacques CALLOT, REMBRANDT, Albrecht DÜRER, or DAUMIER.

In these works, he demonstrates his ability to update the passion and anxiety or romance. Finally, his sense of dramaturgy and staging allow him to capture the dynamics of life.

Music springs from his works…

Weisbuch has made music one of his favorite subjects, and lends itself well to its graphic design. Thus by his energetic and vibrant trait he makes us “see” what you used to hear. Indeed, admiring his work, believed to hear the strings of the violin under the force of the bow.

Engraving"The stoccato violinist"
The intensity of the movement is reinforced by the visual effect created by the reduction of the arms and bows.

Whatever his subject, he frees it from the details and offers him his movement. For example, he sometimes uses a multiplication of the hands. So his musicians seem drawn into a trance subtly evoked by some traits marking space.

Claude Weisbuch is always to capture the dynamics of life such a snapshot. His work is mainly centered around the man, pictorial, musical and literary expression.

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