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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Untitled N°2 (1984) by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting
Claude Viallat Untitled N°2 (1984), 1984 Acrylic on yellow tarpaulin
200 x 325 cm
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Untitled N°3 (1978) by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting
Claude Viallat Untitled N°3 (1978), 1978 Acrylic on tent's fragments
140 x 135 cm
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Untitled N°208 (1989) by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting
Claude Viallat Untitled N°208 (1989), 1989 Acrylic on canvas
243 x 169 cm
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Untitled N°12 (1989) by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting, textile
Claude Viallat Untitled N°12 (1989), 1989 Acrylic on embroidered sheet
330 x 152 cm
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Untitled N°336 (2022) by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Claude Viallat Untitled N°336 (2022), 2022 Acrylic on fabric assemblage
156 x 116 cm
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Untitled N°270 (2022) by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting, textile
Claude Viallat Untitled N°270 (2022), 2022 Acrylic on fabric
267 x 149 cm
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Untitled N°210 (2023) by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting, textile
Claude Viallat Untitled N°210 (2023), 2023 Acrylic on fabric and mattress sheet
274 x 230 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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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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2024/165 by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting, textile
Claude Viallat 2024/165, 2024 Acrylic on fabric
286 x 157 cm
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1994/008 by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting, textile
Claude Viallat 1994/008, 1994 Acrylic on fabric
345 x 256 cm
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2012/454 by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting, textile
Claude Viallat 2012/454, 2012 Acrylic on fabric
59 x 62 cm
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2024/159 by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting, textile
Claude Viallat 2024/159, 2024 Acrylic on fabric
254 x 163 cm
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2022/286 by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting, textile
Claude Viallat 2022/286, 2022 Acrylic on fabric (jacquard)
150 x 120 cm
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2022/160 by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork
Claude Viallat 2022/160, 2022 Acrylic on military canvas
165 x 230 cm
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1985/085 by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting
Claude Viallat 1985/085, 1985 Acrylic on tarpaulin
30 x 522 cm
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405/2023 by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting, textile
Claude Viallat 405/2023, 2023 Acrylic on cloth
148 x 100 cm
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300/2023 by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting
Claude Viallat 300/2023, 2023 Acrylic on cloth
193 x 151 cm
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243/2023 by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting
Claude Viallat 243/2023, 2023 Acrylic on cut beach umbrella
87 x 110 cm
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116/2023 by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting, textile
Claude Viallat 116/2023, 2023 Acrylic/coupon
97 x 67 cm
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074/2023 by Claude Viallat contemporary artwork painting, textile
Claude Viallat 074/2023, 2023 Acrylic on rag
175 x 83 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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