“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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- Claus, Emile
- oil on canvas
- 89.3cm x 116.3cm
- Ohara Museum of Art
- Ohara Museum of Art, Emile Claus, Winter Orchard, 1911, http://www.ohara.or.jp/en/gallery/february/ , (accessed 29 Oct 2018).
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