Claude And Gwendoline

20 Sep

This is my painted copy of an original painting that’s here in Wales. It’s French Impressionist Claude Monet’s “San Giorgio Maggiore At Dusk“. He painted it in the first few years of the 20th Century, when he was quite elderly. He loved the sunsets in Venice and started his paintings there, but took them back to his home in Giverny to finish them. The original was donated to the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff by Gwendoline Davies. Claude also painted another version, I think it’s even brighter than this, and it’s in Tokyo.

Gwendoline and her sister Margaret were properly rich, heiresses of their industrialist grandfather’s fortune and they were both mad keen to collect art and started in the early years of the 20th century, collecting Impressionist and Post Impressionist artists as well as modern artists up until the 1950s. They bequeathed their collection of 260 artworks to Cardiff’s National Museum where they form the nucleus of the Museum’s famed international collection. I’ve been there many times, it’s fabulous. This composition is quite simple so I was able to get absorbed in applying the paint. Claude used many layers of colours, overlaid in dashes, but I found that once I got stuck in, the paint went on fairly quickly. As always, I used Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto a stretched canvas. It is one of the paintings I have offered for sale during September to raise funds for LATCH Wales, the Children’s Cancer Charity – please click on the photo below to find out more xx 🙂

LATCH, The Children’s Cancer Charity, Painting Fundraiser

I’ve been painting these ‘fakes’ with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook since lockdown started in Spring 2020. I’m selling some of them to raise funds for this lovely charity which has given so much support to my young relative over the past few years.

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If you would like to see the paintings and maybe buy one, please click on the boats picture to visit the page. Thanks xxx

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