Georges Jules Victor Clairin Biography | Oil Painting Reproductions
9-11-1843 Paris, FRA – 9-2-1919 Pouldu, FRABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Georges Jules Victor Clairin a French Oriental painter and illustrator was influenced by oriental painting and Moorish designs, and visited North Africa many times, in particular, Morocco and Egypt.
Georges Jules Victor Clairin was apprenticed in the workshops of Isidore Pils and François-Édouard Picot. In 1861 he entered the École des Beaux-Arts de Paris, and in 1866 first showed his work. He traveled to Spain with Henri Regnault and to Italy with François Flameng and Jean-Léon Gérôme. He met the Spanish painter Marià Fortuny in Morocco.
In Paris he led the life of a socialite, and befriended the glamorous actress Sarah Bernhardt, his friend for 50 years and is today best known for his 'ensemble costume' and informal intimate portraits of her, including as the Queen in Ruy Blas, Mélisande in La Princesse Fontaine, Cleopatra, Theodora and Saint Teresa of Ávila; he also showed her in less formal poses.
Georges Jules Victor Clairin also painted several ceilings: foyers of the Opéra Garnier in Paris and the theater of Cherbourg; Grand Theater of Tours, the dome of the Paris Bourse de Commerce, and the ceiling of the theater of Epernay.
Art Movement: Orientalism.
Artists Influencing Georges Jules Victor Clairin: Isidore Pils, François-Édouard Picot.
He Traveled To Morocco, Egypt, Spain, Italy.
Artist's Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.