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FrenchBorn Georges Jules Victor CLAIRIN

French painter and lover of Sarah Bernhardt

Born on 1843 in Paris, France , France

Deceased on 1919 in Belle-Île-en-Mer, France

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Georges Clairin specialised in many subjects, ranging from landscapes to still-life and portrait paintings, and including a number of large scale decorative works.

He studied under Pils, at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and accompanied the painter Regnault on his trip to Spain and Marocco. His travels were to be the source of many composition for his works, being either historical subjects (Anniversary of the Battle of Vilalla, The Massacre of the Abencerages), or as pure landscapes. He acquired a very good reputation as a portraitist, and the ones of Mrs Krauss and Sarah Bernhardt caused a sensation. His decorative schemes include: the theatres of Cherbourg and Tours (panels and ceiling), the Opera (six panels and three ceilings), Monte Carlo, the Stock Exchange, the Sorbonne, the Town Hall, and the Eden-Theatre.

He achieved official recognition when he won a silver medal at the 1889 Universal Exhibition, and was awarded the Legion of Honour in 1897. An important exhibiton of his work was held in Paris in 1901.

His work is represented in the museums of Agen, Dieppe, Louviers, Nevers, Rouen and Saint-Brieuc.

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