Claude Cehes

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Claude Cehes (born April 23, 1949 in Algiers) is a French sculptor. She lives and works in Paris.

Claude Cehes
Born (1949-04-24) April 24, 1949 (age 70)


Claude Cehes was brought up by a father who was a doctor and a mother who was professor of literature in Belcourt, the working-class neighborhood of Algiers that was immortalized by Albert Camus. She leaves Algeria with her family after the declaration of independence in 1962 and finishes her high school education in France. In 1968 she enters khâgne (preparatory course for the arts section of the École normale supérieure) at the Lycée Masséna of Nice. Instead of pursuing the academic classes ENS, she decides to follow the classical sculpture teachings of André Bourroux, under the aegis of the sculptor Paul Belmondo.

In 1973 she leaves for Pietrasanta in Italy, close to Carrare, to learn to sculpt marble in the workshop of Blasco Pellacani, where she will regularly return and later on work on monumental commissions.[1] There she meets Jean-Robert Ipoustéguy, Alicia Penalba, Henry Moore and befriends Antoine Poncet.[2] In 1974 she enters Paris' Fine Arts School (École des Beaux-Arts de Paris), where she meets Gérard Koch who teaches her how to work with polyester resin. As early as 1975 she takes part in numerous exhibitions in France and abroad, amongst which biennials and modern art trade shows[3] where she exhibits her works alongside her elders: César, Parvine Curie, Marta Pan, Roselyne Granet, José Subira-Puig, Albert Féraud et Alberto Guzman.[4] She makes the acquaintance of Claude Gaspari, photographer for the Maeght Foundation, who takes an interest in her work and will subsequently photograph all her works[5] She also meets Gilbert Clementi of the Clementi Foundry, to whom she will, from then on, entrust the smelting of her bronze works.[6]

Her first personal exhibition takes place in 1980 at Cérès Franco's Œil de Boeuf Gallery,[7] with the support of a state subsidy for first exhibitions. There, she displays open bodies, reconstructed from resin and marble in the style of the anatomic waxes of the 18th century[8] which she had closely studied at La Specola Museum of Florence. Fluctuating between realism ("Flesh and bones", 1980)[9] and slight abstraction ("The Tarot Arcana", 1993) or total abstraction ("Limps", 2007), she develops her recurrent theme of human finitude.[10] She illustrates it with bronze, wood, sponge, glass, rubber or computer cables.[11] In 1984 she is a laureate of the General Council of Ile de France for a marble work integrating a hologram.[12]

As early as 1983 her works become part of the collections of the Quai Saint Bernard Museum,[13] in Paris, the Regional Fund for Modern Art of Ile de France, the Regional Council of Ile de France, and the collection of Paris and other French cities. She is honored by commissions from the French Presidency and in 1987 receives the Neuman Prize of the Paris Jewish Museum.[14] In 2003 she wins a competition on the theme of environment organized by the Hôtel de la Monnaie (Paris) (State Mint), which mints her medal. Since 1988 she has been part of an education program, which forms part of the Cultural Affairs' Section of the city of Paris program.

A retrospective of her works, "30 years of sculpture" was held in 2011 in Montceau, France .[15]

Monumental worksEdit

  • 2007. Commissioned by the city of Saint-Ouen. France: Resistance. Bronze[16]
  • 1998. Commissioned by the city of Decazeville. France: Paul Ramadier. Bronze
  • 1993. 1% Bussy Saint-Georges Comprehensive High School. France: La Porte du Savoir (the Door to Knowledge). Bronze
  • 1992. Commissioned by the city of Bourg-en-Bresse. France: Germination. Bronze. Inaugurated by Mr. Jacques Chirac, French President, on December 21, 1992[17]
  • 1991. Commissioned by OCIL Paris: Les Causeurs (The Talkers). Terra Cotta
  • 1989. Commissioned (after competition) by La Mondiale insurance company. Issy-les-Moulineaux. France: Hélios. Bronze
  • 1988. 1% Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry: Le Contribuable (The taxpayer). Marble [18]
  • 1985. Commissioned by the Régie Immobilière de la Ville de Paris: Les Habitants (Inhabitants). Terra cotta, Les Gardiens (The Wardens). Marbles, Les Roses (The Roses). Bronze
  • 1983. 1%. Gency High School. Cergy-Puiseux. France: Vers la connaissance (Towards knowledge). Marbles

Main personal exhibitionsEdit

  • 2011 L'Embarcadère. Montceau. France[19]
  • 2006 et 1989,1990, 1996 Lavignes-Bastille Gallery. Paris.
  • 2004 et 2006 Terre des Arts Gallery. Paris.
  • 2002 L’Escale. Levallois. France
  • 2001 Centre d'Art et de Culture. Meudon. France
  • 2000 Musée de la Grande Loge de France. Paris
  • 1999 Adler Gallery, Gstaadt. Suisse
  • 1999 Espace 1789. St Ouen. France
  • 1995 Nast Gallery, Paris.
  • 1993 Capazza Gallery, Nancay. France
  • 1987 10 Gallery. Paris.
  • 1987 St Dizier Museum. France
  • 1986 Georges Fall Gallery. Paris.
  • 1985 Dada House Gallery. Luxembourg
  • 1984 Olivier Brice Museum. Montpellier. France.
  • 1984 Espace Poisson d'Or. Lyon. France
  • 1980 L’Œil de Bœuf Gallery. Paris

Main collective exhibitsEdit

Exhibitions in FranceEdit

  • 1977. Fine Arts Museum of Rouen.
  • 1980. Salle Saint-Jean, City Hall, Paris.
  • 1980. Sculpture Triennial. Jardin des Plantes. Paris
  • 1983. Claudine Breguet, presents. Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris [20]
  • 1985. L’Orangerie du Luxembourg Museum, Paris. With the Regional Fund for Modern Art of Ile de France
  • 1985. Vascoeuil Castle. France
  • 1986. Sens Museum.
  • 1989 et 1995. Sculpture Triennial. Jardin des Plantes. Paris
  • 1999. European Biennial de sculpture. Jardin des Plantes. Paris
  • 1997 et 2000. Monumental Arts Festival Antibes. France
  • 2002. Games in Art in the 20th Century. Espace Bellevue, Biarritz. France – Curated by Solange Auzias of Turenne
  • 2003. Retrospective of molten glass sculptures. Daum. Nancy France
  • 2008. Akié Arichi Gallery
  • 2009. Second Sculpture Biennial. Yerres, France – curated by Lydia Harambourg
  • 2013. Rat d’Art Volant. Millau. France[21]
  • 2015. Le Festival Vivant.[22] Claude Samuel Gallery. Paris[23]

International fairs and trade showsEdit

  • International Modern Art Fair, Paris, with: :
    • 1979. Gérard Laubie Gallery. Paris[24]
    • 1981. Œil de Bœuf Gallery. Paris
    • 1984. Le Conseil Régional d’Île-de-France. Paris
    • 1989. Lavignes-Bastille Gallery. Paris.
  • 1979. Designer Architects Fair Gérard Laubie Gallery. Paris
  • 1990. Salon de Mars. Paris with Lavignes-Bastille Gallery. Paris
  • 1992. Art Jonction, Nice, France with the Capazza Gallery. Nancay. France
  • 2007. Collector's Fair, Paris Vallois Gallery

Fairs in France since 1977Edit

  • Salon de la Jeune Sculpture
  • Féminie Dialogue
  • Grands et Jeunes d’Aujourd’hui
  • Comparaisons
  • Salon de Mai
  • Jeune Peinture
  • Figuration Critique
  • Réalités Nouvelles,
  • Salon de Montrouge
  • Salon d‘Angers

Foreign fairsEdit

  • Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Sculptures in Africa with the French Artistic Action Abroad
  • National Gallery, Prague, Czechoslovakia.
  • Palaces of Monja e Colon, Saragossa, Spain.
  • International Art Fair, New York, United-States.
  • Montreal Fair, Québec, Canada

Academic workEdit

  • Jean Maisonneuve, "Remarques sur l’apparence et sur la ritualité aujourd’hui" ("Notes on appearances and ritualism today"), Revue Ethnologie Française – Université Paris-X, April–June 1989, Nouvelle série, T.19, no 2, L’apparence, pages 102–106. Presses Universitaires de France. read
  • Roger Aubert de Tregomain, "L'essor du 1% artistique et de l'art contemporain dans le nouveau Ministère de l'Économie, des Finances et de l'Industrie de Bercy" (The rise of the artistic 1% in the new Ministry for Economy, Finance and Industry), 1982–1990, memoir supervised by Bruno Foucart, Paris IV-Sorbonne University. Septembre 2005 [25]
  • Fabienne Dumon, Des sorcières pas comme les autres (Witches like no other), Rennes University Press. 201,Chapitre XV, page 305. 4.[26]


  1. ^ Ève Ruggiéri, France Inter. December 6, 1974.
  2. ^ 30 ans de sculpture, L'humanité, Prefaced by Germaine Foucherot, 2011
  3. ^ Ionel Jianou, Aube Lardera, Gérard Xuriguera, Lexique de la Sculpture Moderne en France depuis 1950, Published by Arted Éditions d'art, 1983
  4. ^ Jean-Luc Chalumeau, Monographie, Opus no 85, 1982
  5. ^ Crid'Art. "Crid'art - Artistes". Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  6. ^ La fonderie d’art.
  7. ^ Bibliothèque Nationale de France[permanent dead link] Monographie. 1980.
  8. ^ La Peau et les Os. Cimaise no 146.
  9. ^ Pierre Mazars, Cehes ausculte Esculape.
  10. ^ Fabienne Dumon, Des sorcières pas comme les autres.
  11. ^ Utilisateur, Super. "UP Magazine - Adam 2.0 : l'homme méduse des temps connectés". Archived from the original on January 16, 2017. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  12. ^ (1984 – Pyramide)
  13. ^ Liste des œuvres publiques du 5e arrondissement de Paris – Musée de la sculpture en plein air- Torse Rouge- 1983
  14. ^ France 2.
  15. ^ Bibliothèque Kandinsky : Claude Cehes. « 30 ans de sculpture- l’humanité ». 2011.
  16. ^ "Art dans la ville". Archived from the original on April 22, 2016. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  17. ^ Inauguration de Germination.
  18. ^ l’essor du 1% artistique et de l’art contemporain dans le nouveau Ministère des Finances de Bercy.[permanent dead link]
  19. ^ "Trente ans de sculpture avec Claude Cehes". Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  20. ^ Catalogue.
  21. ^
  22. ^ "Festival Vivant - Accueil". September 15, 2016. Archived from the original on October 9, 2016. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  23. ^ spillebout, olivier. "Galerie Claude Samuel >Claude Cehes". Archived from the original on January 16, 2017. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  24. ^ Anita, OUDINE. "90- GERARD LAUBIE ET CLAUDE CEHES. - GERARD LAUBIE". Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  25. ^ [1][dead link]
  26. ^ [2][dead link]

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