Overview of the work of Claude Weisbuch

The work of Claude Weisbuch

Claude Weisbuch’s work is characterized by movement, “the parsimony of colors”, but also by the choice of subjects . And ultimately it all reflects the liveliness of his mind.

Oil on canvas "fight with the Angel" by Claude Weisbuch
“And Jacob was left alone. Someone wrestled with him until the breaking of the day” The fight of Jacob with the Angel is a biblical episode from the book of Genesis. Rembrandt made a painting.

Today, his work gives the impression of an “infinite study of movement”, and the term infinity is not chosen at random. Indeed, having reworked characters like the violinists ad infinitum, I think he knew his study of movement would never end.

An artist difficult to “classify”

Whether by subject of study or by period, trying to “put it into boxes” seems very pretentious. Even if in his beginnings he was inspired by major currents such as cubism or miserabilism, Claude Weisbuch spent his life making “Weisbuch”.

Indeed, although being of classical culture, its field of investigation seems to have no limits.

All the works above are early works (before 1960), we see the “marks” of the currents that influenced him.

Bibliophilic works, a common thread

If it is vain to want to “fit into boxes” Claude Weisbuch, each of his involvements in works marked a stopping point on the subject of the book. Thus, you will be able to notice that each of these dates corresponds to an influx of works, on the same theme as the book.

  • 1965:  Praise of the madness of Erasmus,
  • 1966:  Knight of the cart of Chrétien de Troyes,
  • 1972:  The Prince of Machiavelli,
  • 1974:  The Lost Forest,
  • 1975:  Letter to Doctor Dermeste,
  • 1975:  Space of the Scream,
  • 1976:  The Horla by Guy de Maupassant,
  • 1981:  The Devil in the Body,
  • 1982:  Leo Tolstoy’s Horse,
  • 1984:  Faust and the Second Faust,
  • 1991:  Dom Juan by Molière,
  • 1994:  Horace by Corneille,
  • 2006: La Comedia dell’arte by Pierre-Louis Duchartre.

I will note, among other things, that the character series of the Comedia dell Arte in 2006, is very successful.

An arbitrary enumeration

Finally in short subjects of study, I noted, without comprehensive, a series of words and evocations, some of which are the titles of a work.

The characters and their movements

All his silhouettes, motion studies.

The show

Circus, Equestrian Games and parade, the horse and the illustrations of the book of Tolstoy.


Mozart and Debussy, and its virtuosos in the salons of music room or at the opera.

The Comedia dell’Arte

Extraordinary pantomimes, the Great Century and its romanticism.

Dreams and myths

Icarus, legends, and biblical texts.


Salvador Allende, the comedy of the ridiculous or the speech of the useless, the vanity of the speech and the question to the Assembly, the Prince of Machiavelli in 1972.


Nicolas Poussin, Tiepolo, Goya, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rousseau, Voltaire and Diderot, the small Flemish portraits, the Horla of Maupassant.

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