Drawings by George Clausen

A selection of studies by Sir George Clausen (1852-1944), as featured in our exhibition Impressionism: Capturing Life (13 February to 15 June 2016).

Clausen was a founding member of the New English Art Club. He was dedicated to studying the action and atmosphere of rural everyday life. In order to capture faithful scenes of labourers in the fields, Clausen sketched from life and used photography to aid his memory.

In the 1890s Clausen became influenced by the French Impressionists, in particular Degas, in his positioning of figures and varied viewpoints. His reputation in British art circles was enhanced by his appointment as Professor of Painting at the Royal Academy Schools in 1903.

The artist’s son, Hugh Clausen, an engineer who lived and worked in Bath, donated a number of his late father’s works to the Holburne Museum in 1949.

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