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Lucien Clergue: Ruins, cemeteries, acrobats, carcasses

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Lucien Clergue’s mother, who had raised him on her own, dreamed he would become an artist. When she fell ill, he spent every day at her bedside until her death. This difficult adolescence is a key to understanding the dark imagery of Lucien Clergue’s early work. He regularly submitted his latest efforts to his friends Jean-Marie Magnan and Jean-Maurice Rouquette. It was these photos that struck a chord with Picasso when Lucien Clergue showed them to him after a bullfight.

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