FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
Sir George CLAUSEN
Medium: Original Pastel Painting on Paper
Framed size: 19" x 23"
Image size: 9.5" x 12.5"
George Clausen was born in London on 18 April 1852, the son of a decorative artist. From 1867 to 1873, he attended the design classes at
the South Kensington Schools in London with great success. He then worked in the studio of Edwin Long RA, and subsequently in Paris
under Bouguereau and Robert-Fleury. He was an admirer of the naturalism of the painter Jules Bastien-Lepage; about whom he wrote in
1888 and 1892.
Clausen became one of the foremost modern painters of landscape and of peasant life, influenced to a certain extent by the
impressionists, with whom he shared the view that light is the real subject of landscape art. His pictures excel in rendering the
appearance of things under flecking outdoor sunlight, or in the shady shelter of a barn or stable. His Girl at the Gate was acquired by the
Chantrey Trustees and is now at the Tate Gallery. In 1895 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy, and a full Academician in
1906. As Professor of Painting at the Royal Academy he gave a memorable series of lectures to the students of the Schools, published as
Six Lectures on Painting (1904) and Aims and Ideals in Art (1906). Clausen was an official war artist during World War I. During the war
his daughter's fiancé was killed; this event may have inspired his painting, Youth Mourning.