Claude Victor Boeltz

Claude Victor Boeltz's creations exude glamour while maintaining a uniquely organic essence, adding a daring sophistication to any interior. As a French Surrealist designer, he became renowned for his innovative "exploded bronze" technique, where the metal elements of his pieces appear as if liquified and crystalized after an explosion, captivating viewers with their dynamic forms.
Born in Paris in 1937 into a family of artists, Boeltz's early exposure to various art forms ignited his passion for creativity. He explored painting, architecture, ceramics, and more, alongside a fascination with scientific disciplines like geology and anatomy.
Boeltz honed his craft under the guidance of sculptor Henri Molins and gained practical experience at the Susse Frères and Houdot foundries. In the evenings, he immersed himself in studies at the Boulle School and the Paris Academy of Art. Inspired by masters such as Alberto Giacometti, Demetre Chiparus, Salvador Dalí, and Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Boeltz's artistic vision blossomed.
His relocation to the French Riviera led to a personal relationship with Pablo Picasso, leading to a period of collaboration. In the mid-1960s, Boeltz established his foundry in the Loire Valley, and by the late 1960s, his work gained attention across Europe, with prestigious establishments like Cartier showcasing his pieces.
A pivotal moment in Boeltz's career occurred in the early 1970s when he crossed paths with sculptor César Baldaccini, whose "compression" art inspired Boeltz's experimentation. This led to the development of his signature "exploded bronze" technique, which he applied to a range of furnishings, including mirrors, candlesticks, lamps, and ceiling fixtures.
Boeltz embellished these pieces with semi-precious stones, particularly African emeralds, as well as luminous materials like quartz and Murano glass. He established two foundries dedicated to producing these exquisite works.
In the early 1980s, Boeltz relocated his operations to the United States, building a large foundry in Nevada. Today, his works adorn Las Vegas hotels, among other prestigious locations. His clientele includes Salvador Dalí, Baron Rothschild, and other prominent collectors, testament to the enduring appeal of Boeltz's innovative and visually striking creations.
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