Georges CLAIRIN (Paris 1843 - Belle-lle-en-Mer 1919)
Ships at a Quayside in Venice Sold
Watercolour, heightened with gouache, over a pencil underdrawing, on buff paper. Signed, dated and dedicated à mon ami Lebrasseur / son tout dévoué et reconnaissant ami / G. Clairin / 1891 at the lower left.327 x 766 mm. (12 7/8 x 30 1/8 in.) [sheet]ENQUIRE
Georges Clairin painted a number of paintings and watercolours set in Venice, mostly of elegant genre scenes and festival subjects. The present sheet was drawn in June 1891, when the artist was in Venice as a guest of Princess Edmond de Polignac. A similar large watercolour view of boats on a quay in Venice, dated 1892 and dedicated to Charles Garnier, the architect of the Opéra, was on the art market in France in 2004 and 2012. Also similar is a large, frieze-like watercolour and gouache drawing of The Port of London, dated 1898, that appeared at auction in Paris in 2009 and 2012.
Given by the artist to a M. Lebrasseur in 1891 (according to the inscription at the lower left)Galerie du Luxembourg, Paris.