Emile Claus - Portrait of Jenny Montigny (1902)
Emile Claus (27 September 1849 – 14 June 1924) was a Belgian painter.
Artistically, Claus soon prospered. As a celebrity, he became a friend of the family with amongst others the French sculptor Auguste Rodin and the naturalist Émile Zola, and with the Belgian novelists and poets Cyriel Buysse, Emile Verhaeren, Pol de Mont and Maurice Maeterlinck. He travelled around the world to attend exhibitions of his work.
An important person in the life of Emile Claus was the painter Jenny Montigny. She followed master classes at his workshop in Astene and for years travelled back and forth between Ghent and Astene. Although Claus was 26 years older than she was, they began a relationship that would last until Claus’ death.
The First World War interrupted Claus’ international success. He fled to London where he found a house and workshop at the banks of the river Thames. He returned in 1918.
Jeanne (Jenny) Montigny (8 December 1875, Ghent - 31 October 1937, Deurle) was a Belgian painter.
After seeing a painting by Emile Claus (The Kingfishers), she decided to seek out a position in his studios near Deinze. In the summer of 1893, she and several other female students took his course in plein air painting. After 1895, she commuted regularly between Ghent and Deinze. Despite the fact that Claus was married and twenty-six years her senior, they began a relationship that lasted until his death in 1924.

Emile Claus - Portrait of Jenny Montigny (1902)

Emile Claus (27 September 1849 – 14 June 1924) was a Belgian painter.

Artistically, Claus soon prospered. As a celebrity, he became a friend of the family with amongst others the French sculptor Auguste Rodin and the naturalist Émile Zola, and with the Belgian novelists and poets Cyriel Buysse, Emile Verhaeren, Pol de Mont and Maurice Maeterlinck. He travelled around the world to attend exhibitions of his work.

An important person in the life of Emile Claus was the painter Jenny Montigny. She followed master classes at his workshop in Astene and for years travelled back and forth between Ghent and Astene. Although Claus was 26 years older than she was, they began a relationship that would last until Claus’ death.

The First World War interrupted Claus’ international success. He fled to London where he found a house and workshop at the banks of the river Thames. He returned in 1918.

Jeanne (Jenny) Montigny (8 December 1875, Ghent - 31 October 1937, Deurle) was a Belgian painter.

After seeing a painting by Emile Claus (The Kingfishers), she decided to seek out a position in his studios near Deinze. In the summer of 1893, she and several other female students took his course in plein air painting. After 1895, she commuted regularly between Ghent and Deinze. Despite the fact that Claus was married and twenty-six years her senior, they began a relationship that lasted until his death in 1924.

orangesandcinnamon:

Emile Claus - De ijsvogels/The Skaters, 1891
Oil on canvas, 148,5 x 205 cm
Ghent, Museum voor Schone Kunst

The Ice Birds (1891) shows an icy landscape with playing children. The painting was inspired by the novella of the same title by the Waregem novelist Léonce Ducatillon. The naturalistic story is set at the Keukelmeersen (‘keukel meadows’), a swampy area with dips, drains, ditches and trenches near the centre of Waregem.
Every winter, it got flooded and changed into a wide icy plain. At the end of the story, one of the poor hungry boys falls through the ice while trying to pull out a frozen fish, and drowns. The painting is now part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent (Belgium).

orangesandcinnamon:

Emile Claus - De ijsvogels/The Skaters, 1891

Oil on canvas, 148,5 x 205 cm

Ghent, Museum voor Schone Kunst

The Ice Birds (1891) shows an icy landscape with playing children. The painting was inspired by the novella of the same title by the Waregem novelist Léonce Ducatillon. The naturalistic story is set at the Keukelmeersen (‘keukel meadows’), a swampy area with dips, drains, ditches and trenches near the centre of Waregem.

Every winter, it got flooded and changed into a wide icy plain. At the end of the story, one of the poor hungry boys falls through the ice while trying to pull out a frozen fish, and drowns. The painting is now part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent (Belgium).

low-country:

Emile Claus - Summer (1893)

The Flemish painter Emile Claus was a great admirer of the French Impressionist Claude Monet. No surprise, then, that he would become a pioneer of so-called Luminism, the Belgian brand of Impressionism. This evocation of Summer from 1893 demonstrates quite clearly how light and colour assumed an even more important role than previously in Claus’s paintings. Amidst the ripe cornstalks, a peasant woman is herding a cow. The trees further in the background obscure the sky. The painting offers very little in the way of realistic detail. The composition is more about the luminosity of the colours. It is as if Claus was blinded by the bright sunlight that floods the scene from the right. And perhaps he was, because, as a so-called pleinairist, Claus used to paint in the outdoors to capture the changing seasons and weather conditions directly. The landscape around the river Lys and peasant life would continue to inspire him, canvas after canvas.
This painting mimics the luminosity of a hot summer’s day perfectly. By applying small, nervous streaks of paint, Claus creates the illusion of shimmering light and air. In fact, you can almost sense the heat of summer radiate from the canvas.

(KMSKA)

low-country:

Emile Claus - Summer (1893)

The Flemish painter Emile Claus was a great admirer of the French Impressionist Claude Monet. No surprise, then, that he would become a pioneer of so-called Luminism, the Belgian brand of Impressionism. This evocation of Summer from 1893 demonstrates quite clearly how light and colour assumed an even more important role than previously in Claus’s paintings. Amidst the ripe cornstalks, a peasant woman is herding a cow. The trees further in the background obscure the sky. The painting offers very little in the way of realistic detail. The composition is more about the luminosity of the colours. It is as if Claus was blinded by the bright sunlight that floods the scene from the right. And perhaps he was, because, as a so-called pleinairist, Claus used to paint in the outdoors to capture the changing seasons and weather conditions directly. The landscape around the river Lys and peasant life would continue to inspire him, canvas after canvas.

This painting mimics the luminosity of a hot summer’s day perfectly. By applying small, nervous streaks of paint, Claus creates the illusion of shimmering light and air. In fact, you can almost sense the heat of summer radiate from the canvas.

(KMSKA)

blastedheath:

Emile Claus (Belgian, 1849-1924), Self-portrait, 1874.
Oil on canvas, 21 x 16.5 cm. Museum van Deinze en de Leiestreek.

Emile Claus (27 September 1849 – 14 June 1924) was a Belgian painter.

blastedheath:

Emile Claus (Belgian, 1849-1924), Self-portrait, 1874.

Oil on canvas, 21 x 16.5 cm. Museum van Deinze en de Leiestreek.

Emile Claus (27 September 1849 – 14 June 1924) was a Belgian painter.

history-of-fashion:

Emile Claus - Mrs. Claus in Her Wedding Dress - 1886

From 1869 to 1874, Claus trained at the Antwerp Academy of Fine Arts with, amongst others, the landscape painter Jacob Jacobs. During his training, Claus attracted the attention of and found favour with the local upper middle class.
In 1882 Claus had completed Cock Fight in Flanders, The realistic painting portrays the dignitaries of Waregem, collected around a small arena with two fighting roosters.
One of the dignitaries was the Waregem notary Eduard Dufaux. At the notary’s home, Emile got to know Eduard’s niece Charlotte Dufaux. They got married in 1886.

history-of-fashion:

Emile Claus - Mrs. Claus in Her Wedding Dress - 1886

From 1869 to 1874, Claus trained at the Antwerp Academy of Fine Arts with, amongst others, the landscape painter Jacob Jacobs. During his training, Claus attracted the attention of and found favour with the local upper middle class.

In 1882 Claus had completed Cock Fight in Flanders, The realistic painting portrays the dignitaries of Waregem, collected around a small arena with two fighting roosters.

One of the dignitaries was the Waregem notary Eduard Dufaux. At the notary’s home, Emile got to know Eduard’s niece Charlotte Dufaux. They got married in 1886.

wetreesinart:

Emile Claus (Belg. 1849 - 1924), The Picknick, 1887

wetreesinart:

Emile Claus (Belg. 1849 - 1924), The Picknick, 1887

classic-art:
Emile Claus - Steamboats on the Thames


Emile Claus (27 September 1849 – 14 June 1924) was a Belgian painter.

classic-art:

Emile ClausSteamboats on the Thames

Emile Claus (27 September 1849 – 14 June 1924) was a Belgian painter.

laclefdescoeurs:
Émile Claus - View of the Thames from the Embankment, 1919, 

laclefdescoeurs:

Émile Claus - View of the Thames from the Embankment, 1919, 
fleurdulys:
Emile Claus - View of London: Waterloo Bridge, Sun and Rain, March - 1916
Emile Claus (27 September 1849 – 14 June 1924) was a Belgian painter.
The First World War interrupted Claus’ international success. He fled to London where he found a house and workshop at the banks of the river Thames. He returned in 1918.
n 1918, at his return from London after World War I and with the dawn of expressionism, Claus found his fame diminished. In 1921, he was given a last survey exhibition in Brussels, where especially his London works (about the city and the river Thames) made a positive impression on the public.
During the First World War, while in exile in London, he painted a series of views on the river Thames, known as “reflections on the Thames”, in the style of Monet. They are his most traditional impressionist works. On 14 June 1924, Claus died at Astene. His last words were: “Bloemen, bloemen, bloemen …” (‘Flowers, flowers, flowers’). The day before his death, he had painted a pastel of a bouquet of flowers, sent to him by Queen Elisabeth of Belgium. Claus is buried in his own garden in Astene and a street is named after him in Brussels.

fleurdulys:

Emile ClausView of London: Waterloo Bridge, Sun and Rain, March - 1916

Emile Claus (27 September 1849 – 14 June 1924) was a Belgian painter.

The First World War interrupted Claus’ international success. He fled to London where he found a house and workshop at the banks of the river Thames. He returned in 1918.

n 1918, at his return from London after World War I and with the dawn of expressionism, Claus found his fame diminished. In 1921, he was given a last survey exhibition in Brussels, where especially his London works (about the city and the river Thames) made a positive impression on the public.

During the First World War, while in exile in London, he painted a series of views on the river Thames, known as “reflections on the Thames”, in the style of Monet. They are his most traditional impressionist works. On 14 June 1924, Claus died at Astene. His last words were: “Bloemen, bloemen, bloemen …” (‘Flowers, flowers, flowers’). The day before his death, he had painted a pastel of a bouquet of flowers, sent to him by Queen Elisabeth of Belgium. Claus is buried in his own garden in Astene and a street is named after him in Brussels.

ericusrex:
Emile Claus - The Tree in The Sun - 

ericusrex:

Emile Claus - The Tree in The Sun