Sir George ClausenBrown Eyes 1891

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Artist
Sir George Clausen (1852‑1944)
Title
Brown Eyes
Date 1891
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 559 x 413 mm frame: 850 x 700 x 120 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by C.N. Luxmoore 1929
Reference
N04484
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1890

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This is a portrait of a local girl from the village of Cookham in Berkshire, where the artist was living in 1891. Clausen started painting open-air ‘rural naturalist’ subjects from 1880, in imitation of the French painter Jules Bastien-Lepage. His Poor Fauvette of 1881 may have influenced the wide-eyed stare and passive immobility of this girl.

The delicate play of light across the model’s features, together with the flicked Impressionist brushwork in the background, suggest both the freshness and ephemerality of youth.

September 2004

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