Claude Viallat is a constant recycler of materials using tent canvas, sheets, blinds for his painting supports. Brushing paint, or using color soaked sponges, or cardboard stencils, Viallat constructs his paintings on the ground in a very gestural and physical manner. In 1974, The Musee d’art Moderne in Saint-Etience, directed by Bernard Ceysson, held a one-man show of Claude Viallat’s work. The book for this exhibition is a handsome one, 119 pages, and includes his sculptures and paintings.
A smaller book entitled Claude Viallat, published by the Centre d’Arts Plastiques contemporains de Bordeaux, is from an exhibition held from the 25th of february to 19th of April 1980. This book has many photographs of Viallat at work and many color or black and white plates of his work.
A third book is also published by Ceysson, 95 pages, and includes the work of Daniel Dezeuze, Patrick Saytour, and Claude Viallat.
The most comprehensive and beautiful book on Viallat, which is a difficult one to find, is 356 pages, with text in french and english. It includes a complete biography, historical photographs, The plates in full color/ page size.