This large oil on canvas painting, titled “Fishing Boats in the Port”, is by the post Impressionist Belgian artist, Louis Clesse (1889-1961). A cream-colored mat board encircles the canvas, which is surrounded by a beautiful giltwood frame. The hand-carved frame is adorned with motifs of shells, lozenges, fluting, and textured background.
The scene depicted on the canvas shows two men in light colored jackets talking on the edge of a port. Behind them are a slew of fishing boats with different colored hulls, including blue, green, red, and gold. The skies above them are gray and in the distance behind them are rolling hills behind a grassy expanse dotted with trees.
Louis Clesse was born in 1889 in Ixelles, a municipality in the center of Belgium. Clesse was known for his landscapes, which often included rural life and harbor scenes. His paintings were noted for composition and attention to details, as suggested by the puddles of water along the dock, which show reflections of the elements above. Clesse was a founding member of the art group,”L’Association des Artistes Professionnels de Belgique” as well as being a member of the “Cercle d’Art d’Ixelles”. His paintings can be found in museums across the world, including the Museum of Antwerp Brussels, Reims France, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, and Tokyo.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with light craquelure to the canvas. Minor rubs, separations, and buildup with loss of gilding to frame. Signed “Louis Clesse” in the bottom right corner of the canvas.