The Galerie Claude Bernard was founded in 1957 by its present director and has remained located near the National School of Fine Art in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Since opening, the gallery has become famous for its focus on contemporary figurative art, comprising sculpture and painting. Since 1999, it has also exhibited photography, including work by photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Martine Franck and Robert Doisneau. Each year the gallery organizes at least four solo shows devoted to living artists, punctuated by an exhibition of work by world-renowned figures such as Pablo Picasso, Girogio Morandi, and David Hockney, and more recently Zoran Music and Alberto Giacometti. A catalogue is published for each solo show. The gallery also participates in international art fairs.