GAD FREDERICK CLEMENT
THE ARTIST'S WIFE AND CHILDREN
Oil on Canvas
49¼ x 55 Inches
Signed Lower Left, "Clement"
Additionally Signed, Verso, and Titled, 'Vesterby, Skagen'
Skagen Museum, Circa 1920, from Label, Verso, on Stretcher
'Helsinki Art Gallery, Danish Furniture Art, 1928', from Accompanying Label
'Danish Art Convention Forum, 1929', from Accompanying Label
By Descent Through the Family of the Artist
A substantial, early 20th-century, painting of the artist's wife, Martha Caroline 'Tupsy' Clement (1871-1959), shown with their daughters, Bitten (b.1912) and Lillemor (b.1909). Clement painted this idyllic family scene, circa 1920, in the garden of their house by Vesterby beach on the island of Skagen, where he and Tupsy spent every summer from 1908-1920.
In this large and masterful work, Clement has accomplished a remarkable evocation of the bonds of maternity and childhood. The artist has allowed the scintillating, decorative surface to become a vehicle for the profound psychological penetration with which he has imbued his subjects. While combining the ideal and the personal, Clement's vision reaches for, and achieves, a lyrical emotional complexity.
G.F. Clement, first studied at Copenhagen's Technical School (1883–85) before attending the Academie des Beaux Arts in Paris from 1885-1888. Returning to Denmark in 1888, he continued his studies under Laurits Tuxen and Frans Schwartz and, finally, under Kristian Zahrtmann.
In 1890, Clement returned to Paris and to Brittany, where he spent time with Paul Gauguin and began to adopt the Symbolist style that became evident in the works he exhibited at the 1893 Charlottenborg Exhibition in Copenhagen. However, Clement's journey's to Italy from 1890 led him, simultaneously, to the works of the early Italian masters including Masaccio and Lorenzo di Credi. The clarity and color of these early Renaissance works can increasingly be felt in his exhibited works of 1894-8. After the turn of the century, Clement gradually evolved a more relaxed and naturalistic style, combining both realism and Impressionism, of which the present work is an outstanding example.
Over the course of a long and successful career, Gad Clement exhibited internationally with success, including at the Charlottenborg Exhibition, beginning in 1890, and the Salon des Artistes Français, from 1893. Clement was the recipient of numerous prizes, medals and juried awards including an honorable mention at the Paris Universal Exposition (1900) and the Gold Medal of the Munich Academy (1909).
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