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]

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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.

Provenance:
Given by the artist to his uncle (according to the inscription on the sheet).

Georges CLAIRIN

The Venetian Lagoon

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