Oil on canvas representing the visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon in Jerusalem. Signed G.CLAIRIN, around 1890.
Mentioned in Hebrew, evangelist, and Koranic biblical texts, she reigned over a kingdom stretching from Yemen to Eritrea. She arrived in Jerusalem accompanied by a large suite "with camels carrying spices and much gold and precious stones" (1 Kings 10,2).
Georges Jules Victor CLAIRIN , 1843-1919.
French painter and illustrator, a representative of the Orientalist movement, but also of the Symbolist movement, he entered the Paris Beaux Arts School in 1861 in the workshops of Isidore PILS, then of François Edouard Picot. He made his debut at the 1866 Salon, traveled to Spain with H. Regnault and the female sculptor Marcello, and to Italy with F.Flameng and J.L. Gérome. He met Maria Fortuny in Morocco, Camille Saint-Saëns in Egypt.
He became intimate with Sarah Bernhardt whom he painted many times, including the most famous portrait of her painted in 1876 (donated to the Musée du Petit Palais in Paris by her son after her death in 1923).
We know several ceilings painted by him: Opera of Paris in 1874, theater of Cherbourg, Tours, Stock Exchange of Paris (Africa and Asia), Epernay. Works in Santiago de Chile (Cousino Palace).
Museums: Baltimore, Princeton, Brest, Gray, Mulhouse, Paris (public assistance, Orsay, Petit Palais), Pau, Rouen, Saint Brieuc, Tarbes.
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