Clément-Serveau

French (1886-1972)

Born in Paris in 1886, Clément-Serveau studied at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and also at the École des Beaux-Arts under Luc-Olivier Merson. Whilst at the latter he received the Chevanard award. In 1905, he started exhibiting at the Salon des Artistes Indépendants. After leaving the École he developed his repertoire to include mural decorations, nudes, landscapes, portraits and still lifes with flowers and fruits. Working predominantly in oil, he however was adept in the use of gouache, pastel and mixed media. He received a first-class medal at the Salon des Artistes Français in 1929 before beginning his long association with the Salons d’Automne and des Tuileries. He took part in major exhibitions representing French art organised around the world and was in charge of organising the exhibition “Artistes de ce temps”. He executed many beautiful mural decorations including the Plan des anciennes enceintes de Paris in the Musée Carnavalet and La France touristique for the Pavillon du Tourisme at the Exposition Universelle in 1937. He also illustrated many books. Clément-Serveau first produced works in a realist manner but he was soon interested in the new movements at the turn of century. He was influenced by his friend Marcoussis and turned towards cubism, utilising a tight layout and geometric patterns to show form and space. Later still he turned to abstraction. Through his different periods, he kept a very personal sense of measure and harmony. His work can be seen in the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris and in many other French museums. He designed the French bank notes in 1946.
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