George Clausen: Brown Eyes (1891)

Brown Eyes, 1891, by George Clausen, Oil on canvas, H 55.9 x W 41.3 cm, Presented by C. N. Luxmoore 1929, Tate Britain, Image Source: ArtUK

“Clausen studied in France and painted open-air ‘rural naturalist’ subjects in an impressionist style. In 1886 he helped to found the New English Art Club as an alternative exhibition venue to the Royal Academy. This is a portrait of a local girl from the village of Cookham in Berkshire, where the artist was living. The delicate play of light across the model’s features, together with the flicked brushwork in the background, suggest both the freshness and transience of youth.”

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  1. penwithlit says:

    Reblogged this on penwithlit and commented:
    Cookham of course is Stanley Spencer territory so to speak. Lovely delicate paintings.

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  2. One painting in the slide show, “Youth Mourning,” differs from all the others. The First World War apparently produced that change in style.

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    1. Striking -that one eloquently portrays the post-WW1 devastation, doesn’t it?


  3. Her expression is so realistic.

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    1. She has so much personality! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Brandon. 🙂


  4. His portraits are haunting.

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    1. There is that hint at the untold stories of childhood. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Rosaliene.

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  5. clararidings says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I don’t think I’ve seen something like this before. It’s a little more realistic than a lot of impressionist paintings, but still has that soft “painty” feel. It’s a gorgeous painting!

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