Charles Clair | Romantic Landscape

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Charles Clair - Romantic Landscape

Oil on canvas
Circa 1900
Size: 70x83cm
Conditions: Signed lower left, new stretcher frame, in a floral frame with relief stucco moulding, good restored conditions

Charles Clair was a well-known French painter and printmaker (1860 - 1930). Born in Mars-Sur-Allier and studied at the Parisian Ecolé des Beaux-Arts and Bouguereau's Academie Julian. He exhibited regularly at the Salon des Société des Arts Français and was made a member there in 1913.

Charles Clair was a painter and engraver of local subjects, landscapes, and animals.  Among the known works are pastoral paintings, paintings with shepherds and flocks at pasture, rustic landscape, shepherdesses, women washing laundry, harvest scenes, and still-life paintings.

The painting ‘Romantic Landscape’ was painted by Clair in 1900, most likely from life. This beautiful landscape is portraying an atmospheric autumn scene of a figure, making their way through the foliage beside a lake towards a birch tree. The background indicates a village with a church tower surrounded by more greenery and trees. A painting that reflects Romanticism; Clair was unquestionably inspired by the romantic landscape painters of 19th Century, who expressed a heightened interest in nature and an emphasis on the individual’s expression of emotion and imagination.

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