Alice Des Clayes ARCA Ploughman with Horses - 20th-century pastel drawing


An original early 20th-century pastel drawing, Alice Des Clayes ARCA Ploughman with Horses.

A vivid rural scene drawn in pastels, showing a ploughman with a team of two horses. Their movement is captured with rapid pastel strokes, giving the image a real immediacy.

There is some foxing to the paper, visible in blank areas such as the upper right sky and lower right corner. There is some creasing to the lower right corner of the sheet, and two tiny pinholes, at the lower left corner and centre-left edge. 
29.4cm x 40.1cm.

This work comes from a collection, mostly of pastel drawings, by Alice Des Clayes (1890-1968). Born in Aberdeen, Alice was the younger sister of Berthe and Gertrude Des Clayes, both of whom were also notable artists. She studied at the Bushey School of Art, then at Newlyn in Cornwall, and finally at Ambleteuse, where she worked with the distinguished painter and illustrator Dudley Hardy. Alice Des Clayes emigrated to Montreal in Canada in 1914, and became a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1920. Later in life she returned to England and lived in Newton Abbot, Devon.

Alice Des Clayes is best known for her studies of animals, especially horses, and scenes of rural life. She experimented with a variety of media, working in watercolours, oils, pastels and coloured chalks. Her work in pastels in particular shows her to have been a highly skilled colourist, while the medium also allowed her to capture the immediacy of rural scenes quickly and with an economy of means. Many of her works show the influence of Impressionism, with their loose handling and use of intense colour.

Alice Des Clayes’s work can be found in several galleries, including the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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Product code: JG-916

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