Marie- Joseph-Leon Clavel
(known as IWILL)
French Artist (1850-1923)
‘Venice at Sunset’
Oil on wooden panel, dated 1900
10.5 x 16 in.
Museum of Modern Art, Paris;
Museum of Chateauroux
Schurr: Dictionnaire des Petits Maitres de la Peinture, Editions de l’Amateur, 1996.
The determination to succeed led this prolific painter to adopt the pen name ‘IWill’, or ‘I will, revealing his indomitable desire to achieve recognition as an artist.
IWill started to exhibit is works at the Salon des Artistes Francais as of 1875, and was a founding member of the prestigious Societe des Beaux Arts in Paris. He participated in numerous exhibitions all around the world, and was awarded the distinguished Silver Medal at the 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris, followed by the Bronze Medal in 1900. He was honored with the highly coveted Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur in 1894 for his body of work.
His lyrical depiction of Venice at sunset is bathed in a palette of pastel tonalities which contribute to the soft, mysterious glow of this radiant composition. The brilliant color cascade of the setting sun is reflected in the serenity of the Laguna, and the city’s skyline is delicately etched out against the luminous sky. Iwill’s modulation of colors and tonalities in his treatment of atmospheric effects places him at the crossroads of Impressionism and Modernism.