H E N R Y   S T .  C L A I R

French, 1899 - 1990

 

Henry St. Clair was born in Arras, Pas de Calais, the Normandy region of France.

 

A Post-Impressionist, St. Clair is now beginning to be recognized as one of the fine artists of French coastal life. His beach scenes of Normandy include colorful scenes of families and friends, in period costume, enjoying picturesque seasides such as Deuville, Honfleur and Trouville.

 

The viewer is drawn into a peaceful place, often the warm sand and bright sea, as seen from the same vantage point as the painting's subjects.

 

St. Clair's preferred medium was oil on painter's board. Much of his oeuvre was completed between 1920-1970, with a four-year exception, 1941-1945, during the German occupation of France.

 

He was inspired by the spirited colors and gaiety of Raoul Dufy (1877-1953) and influenced by the art of Eugene Boudin (1824-1898), one of the first French landscape artists to paint en plein-air. St. Clair worked in a studio in Honfleur alongside Raoul Dufy, Andre Hamburg (1909-1999), Fernando Herbo (1905-1995), and Jacques Bouyssou (1925-1997).