Claude Venard was a post-Cubist painter known for still-lifes, landscapes, and portraiture. Born in 1913 to a family from Burgogne, Venard began his artistic career at 17, when he began to attend evening painting classes. At 23 he became a restorer for the Louvre, which greatly benefitted his wider artistic education. Post World War II, Venard's work grew in recognition. His style is defined by rich impasto applied with a palette knife and strong geometric forms.
Venard became highly celebrated during his lifetime. Currently his work features in permanent collections at the Modern Art Museum in Paris, the Tate Gallery in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Tokyo Museum.