Lucien Clergue

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.


17 October 201826 January 2019
3 October 20187 October 2018
8 November 201712 November 2017
4 October 20178 October 2017
4 May 20178 July 2017
25 January 201729 January 2017
10 November 201613 November 2016
5 October 20169 October 2016
21 January 201624 March 2016
12 November 201515 November 2015
13 October 201518 October 2015
15 November 201218 November 2012

Selected Works