CLAVÉ, Antoni

CLAVÉ I SANMARTÍ, Antoni (Barcelona, 1913 – Saint Tropez, Francia, 2005).

Antoni Clave is one of the most important figures of Spanish contemporary art. Trained in Barcelona, he spent the period of the Civil War in Paris, where he met Vuillard, Bonnard and Picasso.  After his exhibition of 1956 and involvement with the Sala Gaspar he became nationally and internationally renowned.

He was awarded the Hallimark Prize in New York in 1948, and was also recognized at the Venice Biennale in 1954 and the Tokyo International Biennial 1957.  In 1984, Spain formally recognised the artist with an exhibition of 100 of his works at the Venice Biennale.  The same year he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Generalitat de Cataluña.

Clave is represented in museums of Fine Arts in Bilbao, Tate Gallery of Modern Art in Paris, the British Museum in London, Tokyo and Modern Art and the Reina Sofia in Madrid.