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BIOGRAPHY - Oliver Clare (1853 - 1927)

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Oliver Clare was born in 1853, to the renowned still-life artist George Clare.  The Clare family members were Victorian artists who specialized in, and were well known for their highly finished and precisely detailed still life and flower paintings.

Oliver spent most of his artistic life in Birmingham. Though there are no records indicating where he received his training, one can be quite certain that most, if not all, of it was from his father.  Their stippling technique and choice of subject matter are almost identical.

While Oliver lived in Birmingham he was commissioned by a local health firm "Health Food Stores" to paint still-lives to be reproduced on postcards and posters.

Clare exhibited many paintings throughout his lifetime and is most often associated with the Artists of the West Midlands and the North.  He exhibited: eighteen works at the Royal Society of Artists, Birmingham; three at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and six at the Manchester City Art Gallery. Throughout the late 1870's and early 1880's he lived in London where he exhibited several works there at the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of British Artists, Suffolk Street.

Clare took an interest in animal painting as well as still life painting and Grant M. Waters, in his book Dictionary of British Artists working 1900-1950 noted Clare's affinity towards animals and stated:


He (Oliver) was particularly gifted with animals.  He taught his dog to stoke the fire and collect fruit from the greengrocer.  On the night he died (in 1927), he sang 'Abide with me'[:] his dog died that same night.

 

AVAILABLE WORKS
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Oliver Clare
(1853 - 1927)
Still Life of Flowers
Oil on canvas
7 x 9 inches
Signed
Sold Works
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Oliver Clare
(1853 - 1927)
Flowers and a Bird's Nest
Oil on canvas
7 x 9 inches
Signed
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Oliver Clare
(1853 - 1927)
Still Life of Flowers
Oil on canvas
9 x 12 inches
Signed
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Oliver Clare
(1853 - 1927)
Still Life of Flowers
Oil on canvas
9 x 7 inches
Signed and dated '96
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Oliver Clare
(1853 - 1927)
Lilacs and Apple Blossom
Oil on canvas
6 x 9 inches
Signed and dated '92
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Oliver Clare
(1853 - 1927)
Still Life of Flowers and Bird's Nest
Oil on canvas
10 x 8 inches
Signed
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Oliver Clare
(1853 - 1927)
Pansies and Lilacs
Oil on canvas
10 x 8 inches
Signed and dated '96
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Oliver Clare
(1853 - 1927)
Still Life of Flowers and Bird's Nest
Oil on canvas
9 x 12 inches
Signed and dated '93
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Oliver Clare
(1853 - 1927)
Primulas and Pansies
Oil on canvas
9 x 12 inches
Signed and dated '93
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Oliver Clare
(1853 - 1927)
Flowers, a Berry and a Bird's Nest
Oil on canvas
10 x 8 inches
Signed and dated '90
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Oliver Clare
(1853 - 1927)
Flowers on a Mossy Bank
Oil on canvas
9 x 7 inches
Signed
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Oliver Clare
(1853 - 1927)
Grapes, Plum and Raspberries
Oil on canvas
12 x 10 inches
Signed
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Oliver Clare
(1853 - 1927)
Primroses, Apple Blossoms and Bird's Nest
Oil on canvas
8 x 10 inches
Signed
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Oliver Clare
(1853 - 1927)
Apple Blossom and a Bird's Nest
Oil on canvas
8 x 10 inches
Signed
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Oliver Clare
(1853 - 1927)
Still Life of Primroses and Bird's Nest
Oil on canvas
8 x 10 inches
Signed
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Oliver Clare
(1853 - 1927)
Bird's Nest with Flowers
Oil on canvas
5 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches
Signed
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Oliver Clare
(1853 - 1927)
Still Life of Flowers and Bird's Nest
Oil on canvas
8 x 10 inches
Signed
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Oliver Clare
(1853 - 1927)
Flowers and Bird's Nest by a Mossy Bank
Oil on canvas
8 x 10 inches
Signed
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Oliver Clare
(1853 - 1927)
Still Life with Flowers and Bird's Nest
Oil on canvas
8 x 10 inches
Signed
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Oliver Clare
(1853 - 1927)
Still Life of Pansies and Flowers
Oil on canvas
6 x 9 inches
Signed and dated '98
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Oliver Clare
(1853 - 1927)
Still Life of Fruit
Oil on canvas
9 x 11 inches
Signed
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Oliver Clare
(1853 - 1927)
Potted Flowers
Oil on canvas
12 x 10 inches
Signed
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Oliver Clare
(1853 - 1927)
Still Life with Bird's Nest
Oil on canvas
9 x 11 inches
Signed
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Oliver Clare
(1853 - 1927)
Still Life of Flowers
Oil on canvas
6 x 9 inches
Signed and dated '90
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Oliver Clare
(1853 - 1927)
Still Life of Flowers
Oil on canvas
9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches
Signed and dated '95
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Oliver Clare
(1853 - 1927)
Summer Delights
Oil on canvas
18 x 14 inches
Signed
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Oliver Clare
(1853 - 1927)
Potted African Violets and Primulas
Oil on canvas
18 x 14 inches
Signed
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Oliver Clare
(1853 - 1927)
Still Life of Fruit
Oil on canvas
16 x 12 inches
Signed and dated 89
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Oliver Clare
(1853 - 1927)
Still Life of Bird's Nest and Primroses
Oil on canvas
16 x 12 inches
Signed and dated 89
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Oliver Clare
(1853 - 1927)
Still Life of Fruit
Oil on canvas
12 x 16 inches
Signed and dated 89
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Oliver Clare
(1853 - 1927)
Still Life of Fruit
Oil on canvas
18 x 14 inches
Signed and dated '99