CLESSE Louis Liévin Théophile
THE ALLEY IN OUDENBURG, BELGIUM
Oil on canvas: 80.5 x 103 cm / 31.7 x 40.5 in
Signed lower right
Painter of landscapes and harbor views; watercolorist and etcher. Post-impressionist.
Louis Liévin Théophile Clesse studied at the Academy of Ixelles and received advice from Alfred Bastien and Emile Claus. He made his debut at the Triennial Salon in Brussels in 1907.
He painted mainly in the Sonian Forest, in the Zenne Valley and in West Flanders along the canals with trees that have grown so crookedly there.
From 1932 on he had a studio in Oudenburg near Ostend, where he acquired honorary citizenship in 1959.
Clesse was a member of the Cercle Artistique et Littéraire (Cercle Gaulois).
Retrospectives in 1969 (Auderghem) and 1973 (Brussels).
Ixelles (Brussels) 1889 - 1961
Algiers - Antwerpen - Brussel - Caïro - Ixelles - Kaunas -Reims - Rio de Janeiro - San Francisco - Tokyo
Arto, "Biografisch Lexicon plastische kunst in België; Schilders, beeldhouwers, grafici; 1830-2000", Antwerp 2000, p. 141.