Ploughing The Field Pastel by George Clausen 1852-1944
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Pastel by Sir George Clausen (1852-1944) England, titled "Ploughing the Field," ("plowing" would be the American spelling). Clausen often created quick studies in preparation for finished works. This piece appears to be one of those Studies, in that the figures are impressionistic and quickly sketched. A man guides a hand-plough, being pulled by two large animals. Sunlight is just beginning to break over the hill, and furrows may be seen in the soil to the right. Two distant trees appear near the top of the hill. Signed by initials "GC" lower right, the manner in which he often signed his studies.
Image measures 6.25" x 8.75" (15.87 x 20.32 cm), framed to 10" x 12.5" x 1.75" (25.4 x 31.75 x 4.44 cm).
Painting is in excellent condition; giltframe has several touched-up areas and a few losses to the gilt; silk fabric on fillet has some wrinkling (see closeups). c. Late 19th-early 20th Century. $60 US Shipping.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: A painter who earned much distinction for his landscape and modern-day peasant genre scenes, George Clausen also painted portraits and still life. He was born in London and spent most of his career in that city. He was elected a full member to the Royal Academy in 1906, and was knighted as Sir George Clausen in 1927. His father was from Denmark and was a decorative artist, and his mother was Scottish.
At age 14, he apprenticed to a London firm of decorators, Messrs Trollope, and while working there, attended the South Kensington Design School. Shortly after he earned a two-year scholarship to that school. He also worked in the studio of Edwin Long, a Royal Academy member, whom he met when he was sent to Long's home to decorate a door.
In Europe, George Clausen, studied at the Antwerp Academy and with Professor Joseph Van Lerius (1823-1876), and during this time, he did painting along the Dutch coast. In Paris, he studied with Gustave Bouguereau and Robert Fleury.
Clausen was also a Professor of Painitng and a war artist during World War I. In 1929, his work was exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago. [Biography Courtesy of AskArt]