Oliver Clare (1853 - 1927)
Summer Fruit
oil on canvas, 7" x 10", signed lower right
A very fine still life in nature, for which the Clare family of Victorian painters were famous. Oliver Clare was born in Brimingham, England and grew up in a family of artists including his father George and brother Vincent. Father George Clare developed the stippling technique used by all of the Clares, painting still lifes against a background of mossy banks and trunks. The Clares were also much influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite artists who captured their subjects with great detail and precision. Oliver Clare exhibited at the Royal Society of Artists, the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art, the Royal Academy, and the Royal College of Art.