Visitors are first struck by the meteoric progression of Lucien Clergue’s work, within just a few years, from melancholy lyricism to nudes radiating vital energy. All of his projects are rooted in Arles, his hometown and a city unlike any other. A large section devoted to Gypsies and a graphic essay on the Camargue, represent two, unjustly neglected, aspects of Clergue’s work. The exhibition is illustrated by videos featuring either Lucien Clergue or his Arles friends talking volubly about his career, which was launched in the ruins of war and gained international recognition thanks to a blend of audacity and fortuitous encounters with great artists and music.
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