02 Photograph, Tales of Mermaids, Lucien Clergue’s Les Geàntes, with Footnotes, #14

Lucien Clergue
Detail; Les geantes, Camargue, 1978

Gelatin silver print (black & white)
11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm)
Private collection

A mermaid is a marine creature with the head and upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish. Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide. The first stories appeared in ancient Assyria. Mermaids can be benevolent or beneficent.

Lucien Clergue (August 14, 1934 — November 15, 2014) was a French photographer. He was Chairman of the Academy of Fine Arts, Paris for 2013.

Clergue was born in Arles, France. At the age of 7 he began learning to play the violin, and after several years of study his teacher admitted that he had nothing more to teach him. Clergue was from a family of shopkeepers and could not afford to pursue further studies in a college or university school of music, such as a conservatory…

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Author: zaidangallery

I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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