Sir George ClausenThe Girl at the Gate 1889

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Artist
Sir George Clausen (1852‑1944)
Title
The Girl at the Gate
Date 1889
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1714 x 1384 mm frame: 2200 x 1870 x 215 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1890
Reference
N01612
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1840

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This picture was painted at Cookham Dean in Berkshire, where George Clausen lived. Mary Baldwin modelled for the woman at the gate. She was from Cookham Dean village and worked as the Clausen family’s nanny. Clausen was one of the ‘rural naturalists’, a young generation of predominantly French-trained painters who painted realistic scenes of everyday country life, in the late nineteenth century. Like others in this group Clausen was greatly influenced by the French painter Jules Bastien-Lepage, who painted in a similar style.

July 2007

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