Claude Weisbuch

Homage a Leonardo d' Vinci (Three Figures Advancing from De La Bataille Vol. I) (VIII/L), 1978
Original color lithograph
17 x 23.25 in
SKU: 5888d
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Art: 17" x 23 1/4"
Frame: 27 5/8" x 33 7/8"
Original color lithograph (VIII/L)
Signed lower right.

This original Weisbuch lithograph comes from the portfolio edition of 275 published by Vision Nouvelle in 1978. Of the 275 printed, 225 examples were numbered with Arabic numerals (1-225) and printed on Arches vellum, and fifty with Roman numerals (I-L), printed on Arches Moulin du Gué. This piece, numbered VIII/L, is from the latter set.

Claude Weisbuch was born in Thionville, France in 1927 and was a pupil at L' École des Beaux-Arts de Nancy, France. As a painter, engraver, and exceptional lithographer, Claude Weisbuch has painted active motifs, such as musicians, horses, and characters. Dominating in his work, by the relief and the velvety line which characterizes drypoint, his etchings are the strongest representations of his figures, intensely lively after the 1960s.

Using dark tones which express his sharp sense, Claude Weisbuch ceaselessly captures life's dynamics, as the pictorial, musical and literary expressions that are essentially human. Whether it is the impassioned violinist, the mercurial actor, or the sitter shrouded with silent intensity, they have all been rendered with Weisbuch's love for drama. The brushstrokes are sweeping and bold while the paint is fluid. His pictures, full of movement, give one the impression of time-lapsed motion and display an expression of passionate humanity tinged with a unique energy. Weisbuch has been quoted as saying, “I like the sketch, the uncompleted, the painting filled with mystery,”.

"Some important things to look for in evaluating an artist for such a position of honour are: an inventiveness of style, a prolific output, and a consistency of quality--Claude Weisbuch has all three. His style is unique with a color range that is rich and warm in tone, certainly equal to that of Rembrandt. The fluidity of line and creation of motion is even more vigorous than in the work of Daumier or Toulouse Lautrec. His creativeness in composition is awesome and seems to have infinite possibilities of variation and vision." - David Barnett

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