Lucien Hervé at Lismore Regional Gallery - a master of 20th Century photography in focus

Lucien Hervé: When do we cast off for happiness? showcases the work of one of the world's leading figures and master of architectural photography. His characteristic style combines a humanist outlook with an architect’s eye. His use of cropped frame (he often uses a pair of scissors), plunging or oblique view, focusing both on the detail and the big picture, and uncluttered composition tending toward abstraction, create a unique style that is instantly recognisable.

  Lucien Hervé:  Henri Matisse, painter and sculptor, Hotel Regina, Nice , 1949.

Lucien Hervé: Henri Matisse, painter and sculptor, Hotel Regina, Nice, 1949.

The images presented in this exhibition provide a view on Lucien Hervé’s personal take on three major creative personalities of the 20th century: Le Corbusier, father of modern architecture, Niemeyer, sculptor of monuments, and Matisse working on his last masterpiece, the ‘Chapelle de Vence’. Lucien Hervé died in Paris in 2007.

  Lucien Hervé:  Unité d'Habitation, Nantes-Rezé, France , Le Corbusier architect, 1954.

Lucien Hervé: Unité d'Habitation, Nantes-Rezé, France, Le Corbusier architect, 1954.

Award-winning documentary Lucien Hervé: Photographer Despite Himself, directed, produced and written by Gerrit Messiaen (Atom Film) will screen throughout the exhibition, providing a deep insight into the life and work of Lucien Hervé. (For a short trailer of the film, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0J25O8yd5lQ&feature=youtu.be )

 

Lismore Regional Gallery 1 October - 3 December 2016

In Galleries 1, 2 and Screen Gallery, Lismore Regional Gallery, 131 Molesworth Street, Lismore.
Exhibition open 10am - 4pm Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 2pm Saturdays

Lucien Hervé  - Artist’s Biography
Born in 1910, in Hungary, László Elkán arrives in Paris in 1929. He is instantly taken by the Parisian art and music circles, and starts taking press and fashion photographs by the end of the 1930s. As a communist militant, he joins as early as 1941 the Resistance ranks under the name of Lucien Hervé.  Closely associated with the post-war Humanist school, his career takes a fateful turn in 1949 when Pere Couturier, a friend of Matisse, introduces him to Le Corbusier. Upon seeing his work, the latter declared: ‘You have the eye of an architect.’ He becomes his designated photographer until Le Corbusier’s death in 1965. His collaborations also include Alvar Alto and Oscar Niemeyer. His images of the ‘Abbaye du Thoronet” in France and of the Escorial in Spain are also renowned. His work has been shown in major galleries and museums across the world.

  Lucien Hervé:  City Museum, Brasilia, Brazil,  Oscar Niemeyer architect, 1961.

Lucien Hervé: City Museum, Brasilia, Brazil, Oscar Niemeyer architect, 1961.

Pierre Chevalier – Curator’s Biography
Born in Paris in 1958, Pierre Chevalier was at first an architect. He then became in the mid 80s the director of the ‘galerie du jour – agnès b.’ until his departure for Australia in the late 90s. Since then, he has shown international artists such as Claude Leveque in his mobile gallery – the trailor project – and has worked as an independent curator in Sydney and Melbourne. His shows have included ‘Magicians of the Sea’ and ‘Crime and Corruption’ at the ACP in Sydney, Claude Leveque in Art Space, Sydney, and ‘Surfing Australia”, Australian Embassy in Paris. In 2014, he opened a gallery in the Clarence Valley, focusing on photography. He now lives in Mullumbimby and is currently restoring his mobile gallery for upcoming projects.