Property of a Distinguished American Collection

Georges Jules Victor Clairin

Carnaval à Venice

Lot Closed

January 30, 05:27 PM GMT


10,000 - 15,000 USD

Lot Details


Georges Jules Victor Clairin


1843 - 1919

Carnaval à Venice

signed G. Clairin (lower left)

oil on canvas

canvas: 23 5/8 by 35 3/4 in.; 60 by 91 cm

framed: 33 3/4 by 45 in.; 85.7 by 114.3 cm

Sale: Aguttes, Paris, 6 October 2004, lot 30
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
Clairin's carnival scene unfolds at the foot of the Colonna di San Marco with the church of San Maggiore visible across the Grand Canal. Cloaked and masked figures walk past pedestrians and pigeons while a troupe of actors dressed as characters from the commedia dell'arte perform at right in view of the Marciana Library, whose façade is delineated but largely unpainted.

Known as "Jojette" to his friends, Clairin was a close friend of many of the artists, writers, musicians, and actors that animated Belle Époque Paris including the famed actress and sculptor Sarah Bernhardt. Clairin made a number of paintings and watercolors in Venice on visits in the early 1890s, focused primarily on elegant genre scenes and elaborate festivals.