Sir George Clausen
1853 - 1944

Clausen was an English artist working in oil and watercolour, etching, mezzotint, dry point and occasionally lithographs. Elected an ARA in 1895 and a RA in 1906, he was knighted in 1927.

Born in London, the son of a decorative artist, from 1867-1873 he attended the design classes at the South Kensington Schools with great success. He then worked in the studio of Edwin Long RA and subsequently in Paris under Bouguereau and Robert Fleury.

He became one of the foremost modern painters of landscape and of peasant life, influenced to a certain extent by the impressionists with whom he shared the view that light is the real subject of landscape art. His pictures excel in rendering the appearance of things under flecking outdoor sunlight, or in the shady shelter of a barn or stable.