CLESSE, LOUIS LIEVIN THEOPHILE
Belgian, 1889 - 1961
Oil on panel, signed
18 x 26 in.
An extremely able painter of Impressionist landscapes, Louis Clesse is finally receiving the attention that his work deserves after the publication of a monograph on his life and works. He was born in Ixelles in 1889 and after a brief period studying art at the Ixelles Academy he joined the atelier of Paul Hermanus. From 1907 he started exhibiting his work at the principal Belgian Salons and was soon gaining a reputation as a painter of note. He chose to depict the countryside around Brussels for much of his work as well as traveling to northern France.
Stylistically, his paintings owe much to the influences of Isidor Verheyden and Franz Courtens although his technique has a slightly freer approach. This prime example dates to around 1925 and shows Louis Clesse at his very best; the real sense of solitude and peacefulness that is evident is testimony to his skills as a painter. Other examples of his landscape and marine painting can be seen on display at the museums of Brussels, Antwerp and Charlier.