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Sir George Clausen, R.A., R.W.S. (1852-1944)
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Sir George Clausen, R.A., R.W.S. (1852-1944)

Study of a barn interior with figures turning the hay

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Sir George Clausen, R.A., R.W.S. (1852-1944)
Study of a barn interior with figures turning the hay
signed 'G. CLAUSEN' (lower right)
pencil and watercolour heightened with touches of bodycolour on paper
12 x 9 1/8 in. (30.5 x 23.2 cm.)
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Lot Essay

To Clausen barn interiors became an important theme with symbolic potential. In writing to the Swedish painter Prince Eugen, who had visited him in Essex in 1896, he discussed the subject matter.

'... you remember that old barn I took you into.. .. I have painted that - you said I should... ..it has the effect of a church and some mysterious rite going on. The sunlight is all outside and the barn is lighted by reflection from the small sunlit yellow straw on the ground' (letter dated 24 June 1896, Waldemarsudde, Stockholm).

Barn interiors became the subject of successive Royal Academy exhibits for Clausen in the first three years of the twentieth century to much critical acclaim.

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