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Claude Lacaze was born in 1938 in Angoulême, France. He studied at the Lycée Montaigne in Bordeaux and was first trained by master painter Mer Gambey, who led his students to the pier of Bordeaux where André Lhote enjoyed painting.
When Lacaze left his parents’ house, he had already developed a passion for painting and entered l’École des Beaux Arts in Bordeaux. There, he was a student of Marty, who designed decorations for the Bordeaux Opera.
Like Maurice Albe, Lacaze’s neighbor and student of André Lhote, Lacaze associated himself with Post Cubism. His talent became evident in his first one-man exhibition at Paris Rue Visconti, shortly after leaving l’École des Beaux Arts.
The “Bordeaux School” of painting has produced many important artists, André Lhote among the most well known. Lhote was one of the most important Cubist painters and intellects in the circle of Picasso. Lhote was also one of the most influential art teachers of the 20th Century whose students number in the thousands. From the 1920s through the 1960s his students from all over the world gained varying degrees of fame. Tamara de Lempicka was among the most famous, but there are many lesser known students that produced fine bodies of work, including Nicholas Poliakoff, Katia Palvadeau, Elizabeth Ronget and Anna Walinska. Lhote started a free academy in Paris through which passed innumerable talented, ambitious, adventurous painters in those years.
The “Bordeaux School” also produced well-known Art Deco artists. Jean Dupas, Jean Despujols, Raphaél Delorme and Robert Pougheon were from Bordeaux and shared a common subjects inspired by mythology and romance. The discovery of the work of Claude Lacaze now adds to the tradition of the “Bordeaux School.” The influence of Cubists like Lhote, Jean Metzinger, and Louis Marcoussis is evident in his paintings, but his work stands on its own merit thanks to his unique interpretation of subjects, colors, and cubist style.
Lacaze became a professor of Fine Art at Collège de Puyguilen and joined the society La Maison des Artistes. He continued his work for several years without the need for fame or fortune. Lacaze is quoted as saying “Only Art.” On occasion, as a favor to a friend, he would exhibit in a gallery but was rarely present for the private viewings.
Lacaze Exhibitions (selected): Galerie Tison d’Argence, Angoulême; Galerie du Loup and Musée des Beaux Arts, Bordeaux; Galerie Visconiti, Paris; N.T.P., Périgueux; Galerie L’Oleil Fauve, Sainte Maxine.