Born in 1921 in Paris, Claude Schürr started painting at the age of 7 and graduated from the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris in 1942. In 1952, he became a professor at the Académie Julian, Paris, then a professor at the École nationale supérieure des arts appliqués et des métiers d'art in 1956. From 1962 to 1968, Schürr was a jury member of the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris, and in 1969, he founded the Académie de Port-Royal with Jean-Maxime Relange.
Schürr’s work shows both cubist and impressionist characteristics, taking the path between figurative and abstract. Based on a unique and personal artistic language, these colorful paintings demonstrate a keen interest in expressing modernity. His solo exhibitions took place in Paris, Geneva, Nancy, Philadelphia, Brussels, Luxembourg, Cannes, Dusseldorf, Bern, Oslo and Miami; group exhibitions worldwide. Many works by the artist have been sold at auction. Schürr has won various prices, including Prix Antral (1948), Prix de la Casa Velàsquez (1949), Prix National de Peinture (1950), and received the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 1975. He died in 2014 in Cannes, France, at the age of 93.