Emile

Claus

Artistic period 1851 to 1900

Nationality

Belgian

Birth

1849 (Sint-Eloois-Vijve)

Death

1924 (Astene)

Biography

Emile Claus (* 27 September 1849 in Sint-Eloois-Vijve; † 14 June 1924 in Astene) was a Belgian painter. He first successfully created portraits and genre paintings in the academic style before he repeatedly stayed in Paris in the 1890s and adopted the painting style of the French Impressionists. Among the artist's major works are landscape views of his Flemish homeland and paintings with motifs of the Thames created during his London exile. Claus is considered to be a pioneer of Luminism and a major exponent of Impressionism in Belgium.