George Clairin (1843 – 1919) ~ Charles Dagnac-Riviere (1864 – 1945)
A triptych signed and inscribed, two dates
Oil on panels
7.5 x 10.25in (18 x 26 cm)
This is an original triptych and very unusual in that the panels were painted in location in Bau Saada, Algeria. They are presented in the original frame, circa 1894-95, and inscribed and dedicated to the Count of La Panouse, a friend and benefactor to both artists.
Bau Saada is a beautiful idyllic oasis, to which many important French painters travelled in order to record – notably Dinet, Robique, Clarin and Dagnac-Rivière – among many others. The beauty and naturalness of the people was evident in biographical notes recorded by these important painters.
Charles Henri Gaston Dagnac-Rivière was born on the 1st of May 1864. He was a painter in oil and gouache medium, he specialised in landscapes with figure compositions. He studied under Jules Lefebre; Gustave Boulanger and Benjamin Constant. His subjects were inspired by the life of local people in Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco – the French colonies of North Africa. His debut exhibition was in Paris at the Salon des Artistes Françaises in 1885. He became a member of the Salon in 1898. An honourable mention at the Exposition de Paris in 1900 followed. Later exhibitions included the Société Nationale des Beaux Arts as well as being a member of their selection committee. In 1910 he exhibited at the National Exhibition in Brussels. The Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur was awarded in 1932. His paintings today can be seen at the Museums of Algiers, Bucharest, Carpentras, Draguignon, Dunkirk, Nice, Oran, Paris and Tunis.
Georges Jules Victor Clairin was born on the 5th of June 1843. He was a painter of genre scenes, portraits and landscapes and specialised in Orientalist paintings. He became a pupil of Picot at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. The painter H. Regnault became his friend and mentor and they travelled together in North Africa recording the way of life and painting directly from nature. Clairin also travelled to England, Spain, Morocco, Egypt and of course Algeria. He exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Françaises; at the Orientalistes Francaises; at the Colonial Artists of France; at the Salon des Artistes Algeriennes and at Orientalistes Algerie. At the Universal exhibition in Paris in 1889 he was awarded a medal of excellence. He became an officer of the Legion d’Honneur in 1897. Clairin decorated the theatre of Tours and the Opera de Paris in collaboration with Garnier.
The two panels of our triptych painted by Clairin are fresh and spontaineous paintings and a unique collaboration period frame wise with Charles Dagnac-Rivière.
Clairin’s paintings can be seen at the Museums of Agen, Baltimore (Walter’s Art Gallery), Dieppe, Louviers, Nevers, Paris (Musée d’Orsay), Rouen and Saint Brieuc.
There are biographies by Lynne Thornton, Les Orientalistes, Peintres voyageurs, ACR edition, Paris 1993 – 1994.