Description & Technical information

Georges Clairin produced a handful of paintings and watercolours set in Venice, mostly of elegant genre scenes and festival subjects. The present sheet may be compared to a large watercolour of Ships at a Quayside, drawn in 1891 when the artist was in Venice as the guest of Princess Edmond de Polignac, recently with Stephen Ongpin Fine Art and today in a private American collection. A similar large watercolour view of boats on a quay in Venice, dated 1892 and dedicated by the artist to Charles Garnier, the architect of the Opéra, was on the art market in France in 2004 and 2012.
370 x 540 mm. (14 5/8 x 21 1/4 in.) [sheet]

Period:  19th century, 20th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Watercolour, Buff paper, Laid down on board, Heightened with gouache, Traces of pencil underdrawing
Signature: Signed and dedicated à mon oncle Al. Clairin / souvenir d’amitie - / G Clairin at the lower right.

Dimensions: 34.5 x 53.4 cm (13⁵/₈ x 21 inches)
Provenance: Given by the artist to his uncle (according to the inscription on the sheet).

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints