Emile Claus (1849-1924): The Return from the Fields, c

Emile Claus (1849-1924): The Return from the Fields, c

10/17/2021, 7:20:27 PM
Emile Claus (1849-1924): The Return from the Fields, c. 1880s, oil on canvas, 131 X 99 cm., Private collection From inauspicious beginnings Emile Claus was to become renowned as the foremost Belgian Impressionist painter in addition to being that country’s best known painter of landscapes. Claus’s compositions tended towards realism, a trend that was counter to the traditional classicism and led to his initial renown as a painter of landscapes influenced by the social realism of Jules Bastien-Lepage (1848-1884). His works of 1883 La Récolte du Lin and Le Bateau qui passe confirmed this rapidly elevated status. Under the influence of Claude Monet, he developed a style that has been characterized as luminism. In 1904, he started the artist group Vie et Lumière ('Life and Light').

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