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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


“In the early 2000s, Claude Gilli chose to return to his favorite work, cut wood, to bring back his pleasure of coloring feelings and memories. It was during this period that he created this series in homage to love, to life, to his pleasure, to surprise us… “.

(Michel Roudillon, Press kit of the exhibition POP LOVE – Fire of Love, LOFT gallery, Feb. 2018)

A universal symbol of life and love in the popular imagination, the heart has a unique visual and emotional power. CLAUDE GILLI has presented this series “Fire of Love” with intensely colored compositions in relief, brilliant and smooth. Play on words, play on light, play on the abyss. Lively and vibrant, these cut-out hearts induce a notion of depth in the pictorial space, reinforced by the light of the flames that come to caress them. In “L’amour fou” (Crazy love), the hearts multiply and ignite, proving once again that despite the difficulties Claude Gilli had to face all his life, he never stopped creating the works with a certain magic in an imperishable quest for 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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