b. 1936, France

Claude Viallat Artworks

Claude Viallat is known for his vibrant and repetitive abstract painting.

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The artist's distinctive signature style incorporates bright colours and a repeated rectangular 'bone' shape painted onto draped canvas, fabric samples, and tarpaulin. Of the French artists in the Supports/Surfaces movement, Viallat gained the most exposure internationally, especially in the United States.

Supports/Surfaces Movement

Alongside artists such as Vincent Bioulès and Daniel Dezeuze, Viallat is considered one of the founders of the Supports/Surfaces movement, which originated in France in the late 1960s and early 70s. The movement was critical of the art school system in France and wanted to expand the practice of painting beyond the traditional stretched canvas and paint. A fundamental tenet of the Supports/Surfaces movement was the idea that the practice of painting must also, to some degree, be accompanied by theory and critical thinking.

Viallat creates paintings that are freed from the limitations of the stretcher and the canvas. His 1972 work 1972/007 is an early step in moving away from stretched canvas. The work is simply a sheet of fabric dyed with Viallat's signature repeated nugget shape. Similarly, 1982/003 (1982) is painted on a large section of tarpaulin.

Recent Work

In his more recent work, Viallat has further expanded his use of materials while maintaining his signature repeated shape. He has created works using burlap, rugs, handkerchiefs, parasols, tents, and parachutes. These diverse textured materials have prompted Viallat to pay closer attention to their material nature. His mark-making technique has also expanded to include stains, holes, and patches. His work 2018/060 is comprised of eight pieces of attached fabric. This technique allows greater flexibility for Viallat to explore not only the textural elements of the work but also the shape that the painting takes on the wall.

In 2010, Viallat created several works in collaboration with major fashion houses. He created a line of boots for Sergio Rossi and a series of designs for the iconic silk scarves of Hermès.

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2020 298 by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting, textile
Claude Viallat 2020 298, 2020 Acrylic on fabrics assembly
162 x 130 cm
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2004 068 B by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting, textile
Claude Viallat 2004 068 B, 2004 Acrylic on fabric
160 x 327 cm
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2020 197 by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting, textile
Claude Viallat 2020 197, 2020 Acrylic on tarpaulin
148 x 130 cm
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2003 116 by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting, textile
Claude Viallat 2003 116, 2003 Acrylic on fabric fragment
130 x 170 cm
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2003 107 by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting, textile
Claude Viallat 2003 107, 2003 Acrylic on pillowcase
146 x 79 cm
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1994 088 by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting, textile
Claude Viallat 1994 088, 1994 Acrylic on fabric
252 x 128 cm
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1988 206 by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting, textile
Claude Viallat 1988 206, 1988 Acrylic on tent fabric
194 x 380 cm
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1985 085 by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting, textile
Claude Viallat 1985 085, 1985 Acrylic on tarpaulin
30 x 522 cm
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Sans titre n°404 by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting
Claude Viallat Sans titre n°404, 2018 Acrylic on tarpaulin
234 x 97 cm
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1992 027 by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting
Claude Viallat 1992 027, 1992 Acrylic on fabric
144 x 153 cm
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2016 307 by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting
Claude Viallat 2016 307, 2016 Acrylic on curtain
227 x 177 cm
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CF 4.8.132 by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting
Claude Viallat CF 4.8.132, 1988 Acrylic on fabric
235 x 356 cm
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CF 4.8.39 by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting
Claude Viallat CF 4.8.39, 1988 Acrylic on fabric
218 x 400 cm
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CF 4.8.165 by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting
Claude Viallat CF 4.8.165, 1988 Acrylic on fabric
242 x 280 cm
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CF 4.0.135 by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting
Claude Viallat CF 4.0.135, 1980 Acrylic on fabric
66 x 136 cm
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CF 3.9.56 by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting
Claude Viallat CF 3.9.56, 1979 Acrylic on fabric
135 x 460 cm
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Sans titre n°92 by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork mixed media
Claude Viallat Sans titre n°92, 1985 Acrylic on cover fragment
173 x 210 cm
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Sans titre n°032 by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting
Claude Viallat Sans titre n°032, 2018 Acrylic on fabrics
264 x 174 cm
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