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Klingsor, Tristan pseudonym of Léon Leclèrelocked

French, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 8 August 1874, in Lachapelle-aux-Pots; died August 1966, in Le Mans.

Painter, poet, musician.

Tristan Klingsor became known in 1895 for his poetry tinged with Symbolism and a certain humour. Previously he had tried his hand at musical composition. Despite his close friendship with Maurice Ravel, Klingsor began to move in the direction of the visual arts but without abandoning his poetry. He studied at the École du Louvre in Paris. He was in turn a landscape painter, a portraitist, and a painter of still-lifes, and proved to be a moving painter of reality. He also wrote some critical studies, notably on Chardin, Hubert-Robert and Cézanne.

In 1905 he exhibited for the first time at the Salon d'Automne. In 2001 his work was shown as part of Painters and the Sarthe Region ( Les Peintres et la Sarthe) at the Musée de la Reine Bérengère (19th-century artworks) and Épau Abbey (20th-century artworks) in Le Mans.

Museum and Gallery Holdings

Le Mans: House on a Hill

Paris (Mus. du Petit Palais)

Auction Records

Paris, 9 Dec 1924: Still-life, FRF 103

Paris, 12 April 1930: Church Bell Tower, FRF 1,200

Paris, 28 Jan 1949: Taillecourt Mill, FRF 7,000

Paris, 25 Nov 1987: Landscape (1961, oil on canvas, 19¾ × 23½ ins/50 × 60 cm) FRF 3,100

Paris, 30 May 2001: Still-life with Palette and vase of Daisies (1912, oil on canvas, 21 × 25 ins/54 × 64 cm) FRF 11,500

Paris, 30 May 2001: Pointe de la Cite, Paris (oil on canvas, 18 × 23 ins/46 × 59 cm) FRF 13,000


  • Leclère, Léon: Tristan Klingsor, Flammes vives, Paris, 1955.
  • Arpentinier, Jean: Sarthe, terre d'artistes, Éd. de la Reinette, Le Mans, 2001.