Artist biography

Claude Bellegarde born 1927

French abstract painter, born in Paris. Studied drawing and sculpture at a private studio and then began to work independently. First painted figurative pictures, followed by works with black patches akin to Rorschach tests and then expressionistic abstract paintings with violent colours. First one-man exhibition at the Centre Saint-Jacques, Paris, 1952. From 1954-7 worked exclusively in white, with delicate atmospheric nuances and fluid spatial effects. His gradual reintroduction of colour culminated in 1962 with his first use of bands of colour and in 1963 with his first typograms (abstract spiritual portraits of friends) composed of vivid contrasting patches of pure, saturated colour. Experimented with the psycho-physiological qualities of colour by making in 1964-6 'Cabins for Colour Therapy', with the interiors painted different colours to create a mood of harmony. Lives in Paris.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.44