Rehs Galleries, Inc. is one of the world’s leading art galleries specializing in important 19th and 20th century works of art; with a particular focus on artists who exhibited at the Paris Salons and London’s Royal Academy between 1860 and 1920. This family gallery has had a long and noteworthy history. Begun in the late 1930’s, the gallery was the largest importer of 18th & 19th century paintings from Europe; bringing in close to 600 paintings a month. The firm was reputed to have bought out entire estates and large parts of auctions. Their style of purchasing was so grand that they were written up in The Bournemouth Times, Westbourne, England in November of 1958 when they purchased 60 paintings from one sale.
In the early 1960’s Joseph Rehs entered the business and continued with the then current mission of selling works on a strictly wholesale basis – supplying many of the art galleries throughout North America. By 1978 the gallery moved to a new location on the East Side of Manhattan and began to cater more to the design professional and private collector. Then in 1981 Howard Rehs entered the business. With his strong art historical background he and his father, have guided the gallery to its current position in the art world – one of the premier galleries specializing in important Academic and Realist works of art. As always the gallery prides itself on the quality and condition of the works it offers for sale.
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George ClareBiography of the Artist
(1830 - 1900)
Camellias and Primulas
Oil on canvas
11 x 13 1/2 inches
Framed: 16 x 19 1/2 inches
(1830 - 1900)
George Clare lived and died in Barnet, Hertfordshire ‑ although it is known that he spent some time (during the 1860's) in Birmingham ‑ evidenced by the fact that his address is given as 173, Bristol Street, Birmingham for the paintings he exhibited during the 1860's. As to George's artistic training, one is not sure, however, his technique ‑ a delicate stippling ‑ is derived from William Hunt. Through his stippling technique, Clare was able to capture the beauty of nature ‑ giving life and individualize each aspect of the painting. George exhibited his first works in 1864 ‑ exhibiting at the Royal Academy #356 Plums, etc.; the British Institution ‑ #395 Camellia, etc. and at the Royal Society of British Artists ‑ #410 Grapes, plums, etc. and #741 Camellias &c.. He would continue to exhibit his works till 1874. Two of George's sons ‑ Oliver and Vincent ‑ were also artists and became quite famous for their still life and flower paintings. References: Johnson, J., The Royal Society of British Artists: 1824 - 1893, Antique Collectors Club, 1975, pgs. 87-88. Johnson, J. & Greutzner, A., The Dictionary of British Artists: 1880-1940, Antique Collectors Club, 1976, pg. 107. Maas, Jeremy, Victorian Painters, Barrie & Rockleff, The Cresset Press, London, 1969, pg. 173. Mitchell, Peter, Great Flower Painters: Four Centuries of Floral Art, George Rainbird, Ltd., London, 1973, pg. 89-90 (ill). Pavière, Sydney H., A Dictionary of Flower, Fruit, and Still Life Painters, F. Lewis, Ltd., England, 1964, pg. 29 (ill.). Waters, Grant M., Dictionary of British Artists Working 1900 - 1950, Eastbourne Fine Art Publishers, England, 1975, pgs. 65-66. Wood, Christopher, The Dictionary of Victorian Painters, Antique Collectors Club, England, 1978, pg. 91 (ill).