Claude Garache is a French painter and printmaker, born January 20, 1930 in Paris.
In 1948, he carried out his first personal work. In the same year, he received instruction from Robert Coutin in drawing and sculpture. He attended the workshops of Fernand Léger, André Lhote, and the workshop of monumental art of the National School of Fine Arts.
After numerous trips to Europe, the Middle East and the United States, where he worked for the studios of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in California, he settled in 1959 in Paris and began to work facing the model in the workshop . He then paid several visits to Alberto Giacometti.
In 1962, Theodore Schempp becomes his merchant. His first exhibitions at Aimé Maeght are very noticed, in particular by Chagall and Miró. In 1972, Raoul Ubac also noted the singular coherence of his work, “animated by a strange power working by successive pushes to the slow and progressive reconstruction of a single body”. He will then exhibit in particular at the Galerie Lelong.
Friend of many writers, very closely linked to André Frénaud and Jacques Dupin, Claude Garache illustrated several poetry books by Yves Bonnefoy, Philippe Jaccottet or Edmond Jabès, Jacques Dupin, Jean Starobinski, Philippe Denis, Alain Veinstein, John Jackson, Yves Peyré…
The clear vermilion, purple and red cadmium of Claude Garache can evoke “the stifled cry of who gives birth” echoed in the last words of Bonnefoy’s commentary or even, in pages composed by Jacques Dupin, “a seizure, a sharp break, a grasp that has no beginning or end “,” a body with innumerable modulations “…” from the flower of peach to the flame of branches “. Alain Paire