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    Claudia Williams b.1933. Breton Girl Combing Hair, 1989. Oil on Canvas. Framed.

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    Claudia Williams.
    English ( b.1933 ).
    Girl Combing Hair, 1989.
    Oil on Canvas.
    Signed lower left.
    Image size 14.8 inches x 17.9 inches ( 37.5cm x 45.5cm ).
    Frame size 17.7 inches x 21 inches ( 45cm x 53.5cm ). 

    Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art in the English county of Dorset is this original oil painting by Claudia Williams dating from 1989.
    The painting is presented and supplied in its original hand painted wood frame (which is shown in these photographs).
    This vintage painting is in very good original, untouched condition. It wants for nothing and is supplied ready to hang and display.
    The painting is signed lower left.
    Provenance: Direct from the artist’s family. Previously with the Romanet Monique Lucas Galerie, rue de Seine, 75006 Paris. 

    Claudia Williams is a distinguished figurative artist; born in England but regarded as Welsh for her long association with Wales. She studied at the Chelsea School of Art 1950-53. 

    In 1949 she won first prize at the Royal Institute Galleries, London, and in 1950 she was the winner of the young persons’ art prize at the National Eisteddfod of Wales held at Caerphilly. After graduating from Chelsea Williams spent the next decade teaching part-time in schools and for the Worker's Educational Association. She also became a regular participant both in group exhibitions organised by the Arts Council of Wales and at the annual Eisteddfod art shows.

    Williams married the Welsh artist Gwilym Prichard, and they shared their life together for sixty-two years, until Gwilym died in 2015. They had four children and lived a life that was immersed in art, travel, family and love.

    As an artist Claudia Williams always focussed her work on people, painting from her experiences as a wife, a mother, and her acute observations of her travels. It has been said that she paints what she knows, family, fellowship and faith, with a personal interpretation.  Her style is confident, and her palette is vibrant.

    In the early 1980s Williams and Pritchard began travelling through Europe, living for periods on Skiathos in Greece and then, for fifteen years, near Rochefort-en-Terre in Brittany, where they set up something of a small art school, before returning to Wales in 1999. She won various accolades on the Continent, including a Silver Medal by the Academy of Arts, Sciences and Letters in Paris, in recognition of her contribution to the arts in France.

    Back in Wales Williams was elected a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy in 1979 and became an Honorary Fellow of Bangor University in 2002. 

    The work of Claudia Williams features in many important public and private collections, including the leading Welsh universities. Her work has also been purchased by the Welsh Arts Council and the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff holds one of her paintings for the National Collection.

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    This original oil on canvas by Claudia Williams, painted in Brittany, depicts a young woman combing her long dark hair. She is looking to her right, so that we see her face in profile, holding her hair on her left hand and a red comb in the right hand. She is wearing a simple blue dress and behind her is a purple and orange striped curtain and a decorative lace-like backdrop. The piece is stylish and distinctive with a confident use of colour; this is classic Claudia Williams.

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    W: 53.5cm  (21.1")H: 45cm  (17.7")D: 4.5cm  (1.8")


    Late 20th Century, Vintage & Retro (1970 onwards)



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