Emile Claus: Winter Orchard (1911)

emile Claus_Winter Orchard OHARA MUSEUM of ART
Emile Claus, Winter Orchard, 1911, oil on canvas, 89.3cm x 116.3cm, Ohara Museum of Art

“Go Home Quickly”

Emile Claus, a Belgian painter, draughtsman, pastellist, and print-maker, became one of the leading artists in Belgium supporting the movement of “Luminism.”  Influenced by French Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism after viewing the works of Henri Le Sidaner and Claude Monet, Emile Claus changed his painting style to “brighter colors and pleinairisme.” in an attempt to “capture the light into his paintings.”(1)

Emile Claus also emphasized the importance of light to his pupils. Some of his words were recorded in the diary of pupil Kijiro Ota:

“Do not draw after the light disappears.

Paint swiftly and quickly while the sun shines

but once the sun sets, do not add even a stroke any more.

Go home quickly.”(1)

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Winter Orchard


  1. Ohara Museum of Art, Emile Claus, Winter Orchard, 1911, http://www.ohara.or.jp/en/gallery/february/ , (accessed 29 Oct 2018).

Thanks for Visiting 🙂


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Great paintings and lovely warm autumn colours

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    1. Hi Ally! I love the colors, but I can’t figure out why he named it winter when it feels and looks so completely autumn….lol….thanks for commenting. 🙂

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  2. blindzanygirl says:

    Sounds great. I love the description but being blind I can’t see it. But by describing it you open up this to me. Great pist

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Good morning! Your thoughtful comment has been on my mind this morning because you have reminded me how often I have wished to be able to post just the right piece of poetry or music to accompany the chosen art work, but often end up with mostly image. Please know I am delighted to have you here, and I am looking forward to reading more of your story expressed so beautifully in your poetry. Thank you for commenting – I truly appreciate hearing from you! 🙂


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