- Purchased, 1995
- Oil on canvas
- 1800 x 3600mm
Jude Rae painted Clérambault’s Dream as part of a series of works studying the qualities of folded, twisted and rumpled cloth. Rae’s richly painted fabric puts aside its traditional status-enhancing role, and instead takes full and centre stage.The painting’s title pays homage to Gaëtan de Clérambault, a French psychiatrist who originally trained in art and after World War I spent time presenting lessons on drapery at l’École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Part of Clérambault’s expertise came from the large collection of photographs he had taken in Morocco documenting traditional local costume, mainly of women draped in heavy white cloth, while recovering from wounds he received in the war.
(As Time Unfolds, 5 December 2020 – 7 March 2021)