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L’amour Fou


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Claude Gilli is a major figure of the “École de Nice” (School of Nice) that had a considerable impact on French pop art. Born in Nice in 1938, he enters the School of applied arts of his hometown in 1955. In 1962, on New Year’s Eve, he burns most of his early works. Close to the artists Albert Chubac, Martial Raysse, Ben, but also Arman, César, Farhi and Venet it’s his encounter with Robert Malaval that will lead to different works that they made in common around “aliment blanc”. Having obtained the Lefranc prize in 1966, he is shown at the exhibition “12 super realists” at the Del Leone gallery, Venice, where he discovers the works of American “pop” artists, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Wesselmann. In 1968 he starts working with Plexiglas and then continues with a series of paintings “aux escargots” (with snails). In the 1970’s he moves to Paris and is also shown in numerous international exhibitions, one of them was dedicated to the school of Nice a the Pompidou Center, Paris. The degenerative disorder he was subject to finally caught up with him and obliges him to be in a wheelchair. He starts working tirelessly and develops works in cut iron, notably for outdoor pieces and monumental sculptures.


The work

« At the beginning of the millemium, Claude Gilli de- cided to come back to his work of predilection, cut wood, to have the pleasure of coloring his feelings and his memories. It’s during that time that he made a series of pieces that are a tribute to love, to life, to the pleasure of surprising us… »

Michel Roudillon, Press release of the exhibition
POP LOVE les feux de l’amour, Loft Gallery, feb 2018.

Universal symbol of life and the feeling of love in popular culture, the heart possesses a unique visual and emotional strength. In the series Feux de l’amour (Fires of Love), Claude Gili uses its design and shape to create compositions with perspective, that are shiny and smooth, and with vivid colors. Playing on words, playing with light, playing with materials. Alive and vibrant his cut-out hearts induce a notion of depth in the pictural space, that is reinforced by the light of the flames that come to caress them. In Amour fou, (Crazy love) the hearts multiply and ignite, proving once more, that even if he faced difficulties his whole life, Gilli never stoped creating with a lot of magic in an imperishable quest of an ideal of happiness.



Edition “ART FOR ALL” by Loft Gallery,
2010 – Ed. 2020
Painted cast metal,
H.16,8 x W.11 x P.4 cm – 550 gr.
Signed on the front and numbered in 500 ex.
Dimension of box : H. 22,5 x L. 16,5 x W. 5 cm


Crazy love, Series of “Fires of love” N ° 5, 2010, H.75 x W.50 x P.6cm, Painted wood and lighting, Signed and dated on the back

Additional information

Weight 550 g
Dimensions 16,8 × 11 × 4 cm



Cast iron, Cast iron


Edition of 500, Edition of 500


Signed in the mold, Signed in the mold


H. 22,5 x L. 16,5 x P. 5 cm, H. 22,5 x L. 16,5 x P. 5 cm


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