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    GEORGES JULES VICTOR CLAIRIN (French 1843-1919)
    A Puppetshow On A Spanish Street, 1869
    Oil on canvas
    30-1/2 x 47 inches (77.5 x 119.4 cm)
    Signed lower left: Clairin Madrid 1869

    The present painting is an early career work by Clairin. A similar version of the same subject, somewhat smaller in scale, was offered at Tajan, Paris, August 3, 2005, lot 45.

    Georges Clairin was one of the last successful practitioners of Orientalist painting. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris with Francois Picot and Isidore Pils, and first exhibited at the French Salon in 1866. In 1868, he joined the painter Henry Regnault in Spain, where he was entranced by the Moorish architecture, which quickly figured prominently in his paintings. The present work was painted on that first sojourn to Spain, when he also fell sharply under the sway of the Spanish Orientalist painter, Mariano Fortuny y Marsal. With Regnault, Clairin subsequently traveled to Tangier where he made extensive study of local costume and set up an atelier with Regnault.

    During the 1870s, Clairin contributed ceiling paintings to the grand decorative scheme of the Paris Opéra. In contrast to the efforts of his teacher, Pils, Clairin's paintings for the Opéra have a far greater lightness and expressive energy. His sensual, colorful and vibrant way of manipulating paint resulted in wonderful large-scale effects, and the artist soon won other major decorative commissions for public buildings in Cherbourg, Tour and Monte Carlo. In addition to his Orientalist subjects, Clairin produced numerous landscapes and society portraits. Perhaps his most famous sitter was Sarah Bernhardt, whom he portrayed in various roles.



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    May, 2007
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