Gabrielle de Veaux Clements
1858 - 1948
Ellen Day Hale, Gabrielle de Veaux Clements, ca. 1930. Oil on canvas. 36 x 30 inches (91.5 x 76 cm). National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, USA. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Harlan Starr, Jr.
Place of Birth:
GAB-ree-EHL deh voh KLEHM-ehnts
Drawings and prints, Painting
Designer, Etcher, Lithographer, Muralist, Painter, Printmaker
Gabrielle de Veaux Clements, painter, muralist, and printmaker, was born in Philadelphia in 1858. She studied drawing and lithography at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, and graduated from Cornell University in 1880. Clements also studied under Thomas Eakins at the Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. As an art student in Paris at the Académie Julian, Clements studied under Tony Robert-Fleury and William-Adolphe Bouguereau and exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1885. She specialized in depicting landscapes, cityscapes, street scenes and harbor vistas that deftly capture the bustling spirit of Paris, Baltimore, Cape Ann, and other cities and towns throughout France, Algiers, Palestine, and along the American East Coast.
Clements was a lifelong friend and traveling partner of Ellen Day Hale, another important American Impressionist whom she met in 1883. The two artists spent their summers in Folly Cove on Cape Ann, Massachusetts, a popular artists destination, sharing models and techniques. Among their circle of friends and visitors were Cecilia Beaux and Margaret Bush-Brown. Clements and Hale spent their winters either traveling extensively throughout Europe or in Charleston, South Carolina where they taught etching, a printing method Clements had previously taught Hale. Their students included Southern artists Alice Ravenel Huger Smith and Elizabeth O'Neill Verner. Clements, who also taught at The Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, also experimented with color etching and aquatint with her students. A talented muralist, Clements painted several murals in the Washington, DC area and one in Detroit.
Place(s) of Residence:
Académie Julian, Paris, France (ca. 1884)
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, USA (1881-1882)
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, NY, USA (1876-1880)
Philadelphia School of Design for Women, Philadelphia, PA, USA (1875)
Related Visual Artists:
friend of Ellen Day Hale
friend of Cecilia Beaux
student of Stephan Parrish
student of Tony Robert-Fleury
student of William-Adolphe Bouguereau
student of Thomas Eakins
teacher of Margaret Bush-Brown
teacher of Alice Ravenel Huger Smith
teacher of Elizabeth O'Neill Verner
Fellowships, grants and awards:
Mary Smith Award, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, USA (1895)
Annual Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, USA (1882)
The Etching Revival and the Professional Woman Artist
The Washington Print Club Thirtieth Anniversary Exhibition: Graphic Legacy
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