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William Henry Clapp

William Henry Clapp

William Henry Clapp
Canadian, Impressionist & Modern Art Live auction

Lot # 166

William Henry Clapp
RCA 1879 - 1954 Canadian

Seated Nude / Summer Landscape (verso)
double-sided oil on canvas on board
on verso inscribed "CL #19" and "EL5863.6"
20 x 24 in  50.8 x 61cm

Private Collection, USA
Sold sale of Fine Canadian Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, May 28, 2014, lot 141
Private Collection, Montreal

French Impressionism played a strong role in the development of modernism in Canadian art, opening up a new approach to colour and atmosphere. William Clapp initially studied in Montreal under Canadian Impressionist William Brymner, then traveled in 1904 to Paris, where he embraced the movement of Impressionism at its source. While there, he exhibited at the prestigious Salon díautomne, along with prominent artists such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Pierre Bonnard. Arriving back in Montreal in 1908, he soon gained critical acclaim, exhibiting at the Royal Canadian Academy and the Art Association of Montrealís annual shows. Clapp would remain devoted to Impressionism throughout his career. In this charming double-sided work, Clapp employed the broken brush-stroke and light pastel colours this movement was known for. The nude woman, gracefully posed under a tree and surrounded by a landscape alive with dappled hues, is bathed in a soft light that ripples across her skin. Due to his practice of painting en plein air, Clapp has captured a fresh outdoor atmosphere in both of these enticing images.

Estimate: $10,000 ~ $15,000 CAD

Sold For: $20,000.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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