Peter Beard and the Clergues by Anne Clergue It all started with Jérôme Hill, (1905-1972) Peter Beard’s uncle who had a house in Cassis, la Batterie. His grandfather had created a railroad company in the United States, the Great Northern Railway and the First National Bank in St Paul. Freedom was in order, he became a painter, director, photographer, composer. Passionate about art, he inherited his grandfather’s exceptional collection, which included Corot, Daubigny, Delacroix, Puvis de Chavannes and members of the Barbizon school. He himself became a great collector, he created the Jerome Foundation in the United States which supports emerging artists and the Camargo Foundation in Cassis which welcomes artists, researchers, thinkers in residence. A great admirer of Edward Weston, he acquired photos of the one who was his photography teacher. Yolande and Lucien Clergue often visited Jérôme Hill in Cassis. After numerous discussions, Lucien informed him of his photographic collection project for the Réattu Museum with Jean-Maurice Rouquette. He hoped that the collector would offer a print. He came to Arles to know the museum and donated...
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