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Derek Clarke RSA Irish Oil Painting Connemara Mare and Foal
  • Derek Clarke RSA Irish Oil Painting Connemara Mare and Foal
  • Derek Clarke RSA Irish Oil Painting Connemara Mare and Foal
  • Derek Clarke RSA Irish Oil Painting Connemara Mare and Foal
  • Derek Clarke RSA Irish Oil Painting Connemara Mare and Foal

Derek Clarke RSA Irish Oil Painting Connemara Mare and Foal

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A postimpressionist oil on canvas entitled 'Connemara Mare and Foal' painted by the renowned artist Derek Clarke (1912-2014) in the early months of 1939.

The painting shows a rugged and barren landscape, blanketed with snow on the high ground. In the foreground a young Gaelic boy leads a white horse with her brown foal.

Derek Clarke was a British landscape painter, whose vivid and colourful works were supported by his religious faith. Born in Longthorpe, near to Peterborough, in 1912. He would study at the Benedictine Seminary in Ampleforth and later at the Slade School of Art in London. Graduating in 1935, Clarke found work as a portrait painter.

His commissions would lead him to Ireland, where in Connemara he found a people and landscape who were yet to feel the effects of the modern world. His time in Ireland was cut short with the outbreak of the Second World War. Stationed in North Africa with the Durham Light Infantry, Clarke would suffer a serious spinal injury in 1943. He would return to Ireland in 1946. A year later Clarke was invited to the Edinburgh College of Art, where he taught for the next three decades. He is remembered fondly by his students, as a serious and able tutor.

In his own words, he was: "one of those artists who, having completed their Art School training by 1935, only had four years in which to establish themselves before war put an end to their careers - in many cases forever. In those days there were few travelling scholarships bursaries or prizes: those who could went off to Paris to further their development. My main influences were Cézanne and Van Gough, but I had no desire to be an adherent of any art movement. Instead I wished to find out whether I had a voice of my own."

Though seldom appearing, Clarke's earlier works have found many admirers at auction. His three most expensive paintings, all from the period of 1939-1946, have achieved prices of 16,000 euros, 38,000 euros and 31,750 dollars.

It has been framed in a painted James Bourlet & Sons frame; a paper label of the same company can be seen on the reverse. The painting is signed Derek Clarke 1939 in the bottom right corner.

Size of Frame: 80 x 70 x 5cm (31½ x 27½ x 2")
Size of Painting: 610 x 508mm (24 x 20")
Weight: 5.2kg

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