Cancale, Brittany

by Amedee Julien Marcel-Clement


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DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 11.5 x 23.0 in./ 29.2 x 58.4 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed, inscribed and dated 1904
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

Although Marcel-Clement resided in Paris for virtually all his life, he only painted a relatively small number of views of his native city. The majority of his works are shipping subjects off the French coast and it is for these works that he is best known. His coastal views capture the dramatic atmosphere of light emanating from the sky and bouncing off the sea.

Catalogue No: 5614 Categories: ,

Marcel-Clement’s palette in Cancale, Brittany is natural and uses beautiful greens and blues interspersed with whites and creams to evoke the silvery quality of the sea. Using simplified forms, the sails of the boats are evoked and the viewer is drawn into the scene as if he were actually there.

Private collection, United Kingdom

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Born in Paris in 1873, Marcel-Clement  studied at the School of Fine Art and made his début at the Paris Salon in 1903. At this time he was best known for his Parisian street scenes, which captured so vividly the era of the Belle Époque and fashionable Parisian Society. Later in life he turned to painting atmospheric coastal views, and these are sought after in their own right. Following his début at the Paris Salon, he continued to exhibit there and at the Salon des Indépendants for many years. Between 1913 and 1914 he also exhibited in Britain at the Royal Scottish Academy and at the Walker Art Gallery in  Liverpool.

Work by Marcel Clement is in the public collections at le Petit Palais, Paris, the Museum at Nîmes, the Museum at  Strasbourg and in Tokyo Museum.


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