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Gabrielle de Veaux Clements

A painted portrait of a light-skinned older woman with white hair pulled back from her face. She is portrayed from the waist up against a dark background. She wears a black dress with a white sash. A bouquet of blue flowers decorates the left side of the sash. She gazes left of the frame.

During her training, she attended several prestigious art schools, studied under notable artists such as Tony Robert-Fleury and William-Adolphe Bouguereau, and exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1885.

Clements specialized in landscapes, cityscapes, and harbor vistas capturing the bustling spirit of Paris, Baltimore, Cape Ann, and other cities and towns throughout France, Algiers, Palestine, and along the American East Coast. She also taught at The Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, experimenting with color etching and aquatint with her students. A talented muralist, Clements painted several murals in the Washington, D.C., area and one in Detroit.

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 artist destination, sharing models and techniques. Clements and Hale spent their winters traveling throughout Europe or in Charleston, South Carolina, where they taught etching. Among their circle of friends and visitors were Cecilia Beaux and Margaret Bush-Brown.

Artist Details

  • Name

    Gabrielle de Veaux Clements
  • Birth

    Philadelphia, 1858
  • Death

    Folly Cove, Massachusetts, 1948
  • Phonetic Spelling

    GAB-ree-EHL deh voh KLEHM-ehnts

Works by Gabrielle de Veaux Clements

Church and Castle, Mont Saint Michel

Gabrielle de Veaux Clements was part of a group of late-19th-century women artists who traveled to Europe for training and picturesque scenery. She attended the Académie Julian in Paris as well as the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, studying drawing and lithography. Her street scenes, cityscapes, and landscapes often depicted places she had been.

Mont Saint Michel, a rocky tidal island in...

In a sweeping vertical composition, the print depicts an imposing gothic monastery set atop a steep hillside. In the foreground, bushes partially obscure the buildings at the base of the hill.