Léon Clavel known as Iwill-1850-1923
The Bay of Morsalines
Oil on canvas signed lower left
located and dated St Vaast 1893
33 x 56 c
Marie-Joseph Léon Clavel was a French landscape painter. He is better known as "IWILL", a nickname he adopted early in his career. He was a parliamentary tenographer. From 1875, Iwill exhibited at the Salon of the Société des Artistes Français and a little later at the Salon of the Société des Beaux-Arts, of which he was a founder. Iwill was a great traveller, planting his easel on the outskirts of Paris as well as in Brittany, Normandy, Holland, Italy (Rome and Venice in particular) and New Zealand. Iwill's landscapes are bathed in a great gentleness and serenity, although the skies above them most often express the instability of atmospheric phenomena.