Lucien Clergue (1934 - 2014) was a self-taught photographer from Arles, France. He struck up a lifelong friendship with Pablo Picasso, with whom he became acquainted with during a bullfight when he was 19 years old. His series of bullfights is well known but his work also encompasses landscapes and nudes. In 1956 Clergue started to include photographs of nudes at the shores of the Camargue. From the mid 70’s onwards, nude portraits in urban landscapes and colour photographs became a main part of his work. A series of photographs of various sand structures titled ‘Sables’ was another important project of Clergue’s.
From the end of the 1950’s on Cleargue’s work has been exhibited with great success. His work was showcased at the Kunsthaus Wien (2007/2008), the Garphikmuseum Pablo Picasso Münster and at the Städtische Galerie Erlangen.
In 2004 Clergues photographs were presented at Bernheimer’s exhibition Toros y Toreros, where his work was presented alongside Picasso’s illustration for José Delgados La Tauromaquia, as well as Goya’s paintings from a series with the same name. His first solo exhibition at the Munich showroom came in 2005 and was followed by another solo exhibition in 2009. His work has been furthermore presented at the Paris Photo and the Frieze Masters.