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Antoni Clave


Antoni Clave was a Catalan master painter, print-maker, sculptor, stage and costume designer and was nominated for his work on the film, Hans Christian Andersen. His interest in painting began with a job he was given as a house painter while attending evening classes at the Escuela de Artes y Oficios. From a house painter he went to designing weekly posters for a cinema and then to a children’s magazine designing posters for advertisements. Antoni Clave began painting in the 1940’s with a style influenced by Bonnard, Vuillare and particularly by Picasso. His concept was tranquil scenes tinged with feeling of sadness with no apparent reason. The characters in Antoni Clave’s work appeared puppet-like and were mostly female, children, clowns and harlequins.


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