Claude Weisbuch

Mastery of movement

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The work of Claude Weisbuch was essentially devoted to engraving . He practiced various techniques ( mezzotint etching drypoint ) which he also used to illustrate bibliophile books. In his engravings, the movement and gestures of the subject held a central place.

His precise and dynamic line delivered a work all in motion and swirling on themes that he loved: theater, opera, the equestrian world, musicians, and many portraits.

The passion for the line

Claude Weisbuch never ceased to capture the dynamics of life like a snapshot. His work was essentially centered around man, his pictorial, musical and literary expression.

Whatever his subject, he freed him from details and offered him his movement. Thus his subjects seemed to be drawn into a trance subtly evoked by a few lines marking the space.

Because above all, his creed and his passion was the TRAIT : fast, eventful, passionate and through which he liked to translate the life and character of his characters.

The man who makes us see music…

If the heart of Weisbuch’s work was the performing arts, the equestrian world, myths or life, he made music his favorite subject. Thus by his energetic and vibrant line he made us “see” what we are used to hearing.

Lithograph "The oath of the violinists" by Claude Weisbuch

Do you want to see the music? it’s HERE (55 seconds)

Admiring his works, one “could” almost hear the strings of the violin under the force of the bow.

The visual signature

His precise and dynamic line delivers a work full of movement and swirling. Thus, his theatrical and lively gesture gives the sensation of a dazzling appearance. By this vivacity, he creates the illusion of characters ready to spring out of their frame. In addition to movement and dynamism, anguish and passion are suggested by his mastery of staging.

Claude Weisbuch was also a painter and draftsman, disciplines in which his style was alternately serious and playful, tragic and quirky. His favorite colors are ochres, browns and whites, with which he introduces effects of light. Thus his compositions retain the life found in his engravings.

"The Return of the Heroes" Lithograph by Claude Weisbuch

Claude Weisbuch and color? It ‘s HERE (18 seconds)

His works often have the appearance of unfinished sketches mixing few colors with a great liveliness of the line. This aspect is often reinforced by parts of empty surface.

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