George Clausen 1952-1944
Oil on canvas 15 x 19 inches (38.1 x 48.3 cm) Signed lower right
With The Fine Art Society, May 1985; Private Collection; Private Collection.
George Clausen: The Rustic Image, The Fine Art Society, London, October-November 2012 (no. 47, repr. col.).
Around 1930 Clausen worked increasingly at the edges of the day when the sun was rising or fading. For his watercolours he would go out half an hour before dawn or dusk and remain on the motif for half an hour after the event. The same was essentially true for small oil sketches, one of the most striking of which is the present Sunset. The picture shows that the painter had a perfect sense of pitch – measuring the tones as the evening casts the landscape into a blue monochrome – and then, with superb self-assurance, placing the orange orb of the sun in the sky, hovering about the horizon.