Exceptional scene of the carnival of Venice, gouache, pencil and pastel, signed Georges Clairin, French painter belonging to the Orientalist movement, born in Paris on September 11, 1843, and died in the seaside resort of Le Pouldu (commune of Clohars-Carnoët in Finistère) on September 2, 1919.
Georges Clairin entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1861 where he trained in the workshops of Isidore Plis and François-Edouard Picot. He made his debut at the 1866 Salon. He traveled to Spain with the painter Henri Regnault and the sculptor Marcello, to Italy with the painters François Flameng and Jean-Léon Gérôme.
In 1895, he traveled to Egypt with the composer Camille Saint-Saëns.
He is known for his portraits of Sarah Bernhardt, to whom he is linked by a long friendship.
He also painted several ceilings: foyers of the Opera Garnier in Paris (1874), the theater in Cherbourg, the grand theater in Tours, the dome of the Bourse de Commerce in Paris (Africa and Asia), and the ceiling of the theater in Epernay. Clairin had also made about twenty panels for the palace of Cousino (Santiago), but a fire destroyed most of them in 1968.
The painting that we present is a remarkable example of his work, in the profusion of details, the colors used, the finesse of the drawing and the dreamlike spirit of the Orientalist movement.
His works are exhibited In Chile, Santiago, Cousino Palace, In the United States, Baltimore, Walter Art Museum, Princeton (New Jersey), Princeton University Museum of Art.
In France, Brest, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Gray (Haute-Saône), Musée Baron-Martin, Mulhouse, Musée des Beaux-Arts.
Paris: Musée d'Orsay, Petit Palais: (Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt, 1876), Musée de l'Assistance publique.
Pau, Museum of Fine Arts, Rouen, Museum of Fine Arts, Saint-Brieuc, Museum of Art and History.
Scene of Venice, signed lower left, gouache, pastel, charcoal, and crayon on canvas, circa 1880, 19th century.
In very good condition (two small cracks).
Dimensions : frame : l.130 cm x h. 85 cm
gouache : l.120 cm x 75 cm
18 500 €