Georges CLAIRIN (Paris 1843 - Belle-lle-en-Mer 1919)
The Venetian Lagoon
Watercolour, heightened with gouache, over traces of a pencil underdrawing, on buff paper laid down on board. Signed and dedicated à mon oncle Al. Clairin / souvenir d’amitie - / G Clairin at the lower right.345 x 534 mm. (13 5/8 x 21 in.) [image]370 x 540 mm. (14 5/8 x 21 1/4 in.) [sheet]ENQUIRE
Georges Clairin produced a handful of paintings and watercolours set in Venice, mostly of elegant genre scenes and festival subjects. The present sheet may be compared to a large watercolour of Ships at a Quayside, drawn in 1891 when the artist was in Venice as the guest of Princess Edmond de Polignac, recently with Stephen Ongpin Fine Art and today in a private American collection. A similar large watercolour view of boats on a quay in Venice, dated 1892 and dedicated by the artist to Charles Garnier, the architect of the Opéra, was on the art market in France in 2004 and 2012.
Given by the artist to his uncle (according to the inscription on the sheet).