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Amédée-Julien Marcel-Clément (1873-c.1950)

Amedée Julien Marcel-Clément - French painter⏭ of landscapes, seascapes, wildlife and Parisian scenes, was born in Paris on 15th September 1873.
He made his first Exhibition of the National Society of Fine Arts in 1903.
He regularly exhibited there during this whole career, as well as at the Independent Exhibition, where he exhibited many paintings.  Between 1913-1914, he also presented his work in England at the Walker Gallery in Liverpool and at the Royal Scottish Academy.

Even though he had lived his whole life in Paris, Marcel-Clément only painted a small number of views of his home town. Indeed, the majority of his paintings showed French coastlines and seascapes, in particular Dinard, where he had a second home.
His seascapes gained him his reputation and showed his talent for such particular light effects.
This light, which came from the sky, gently landed in a thousand reflections on the sea, creating a very realist, and sometimes dramatic, effect.

The artist used a wide variety of greys and blues, which he interspersed cleverly with whites and creams, in order to create a mirror-like effect between the sky and the water.
Marcel-Clément also liked to use contrasts, thus opposing a firm brushstroke with sombre hues with a more vague atmosphere and luminous reflects.
By using simplified forms and almost abstract surfaces, he managed to evoke the sails of boats with surprising realism.  Moreover, the artist’s chosen point of view always invites the spectator to project himself into the scene.

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