Dreams of Desire 67 (Lucien Clergue)

Lucien Clergue-Zebra Nude
Lucien Clergue-Zebra Nude

Despite the fact that Surrealism was involved in literature, illustration, painting, film, architecture, philosophy and politics, the area where it achieved its greatest impact and subsequent influence is undoubtedly the field of photography (see Dreams of Desire 2, 3, 21Angel and many others for examples of Surrealist and Surrealist inspired photography).

This influence can be seen in the nudes of the French photographer Lucian Clergue, who at the age of 21 in 1955 struck up a friendship with Picasso that was to last until the great modern master’s death in 1973. Clergue’s nude photographs often feature the zebra effect which creates a distancing coolness and abstraction to the exposed flesh. The model (or models) are defined by the interplay of light and shadow. In other studies the model is placed in natural surroundings where the body merges into the landscape in the manner of Magritte.

21 thoughts on “Dreams of Desire 67 (Lucien Clergue)

  1. Gorgeous. A simple tool like Venetian blinds to make an amazing effect. Same with water and stones. But it takes ‘vision’ to imagine that outcome. Beautiful work!

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  2. Beautiful… The rock-boob is just awesome: great complementary metamorphosis and adaptation of bodies and elements there. The shadows add a sinuous quality to the already curvy bodies. Very nice. All the best to you, dear Mr Cake… 😉

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