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Aidan McRae Thomson ADMIN May 16, 2009
Harry Clarke 1889-1931, one of the greatest stained glass artists and illustrators of the 20th century, and one of Ireland's foremost creative geniuses.

Group Description

This group is dedicated to the greatest genius of Irish stained glass and illustration, Harry Clarke 1889-1931.

Clarke's career was brought to an untimely end by his poor health, but in that short time he established a reputation as one of the most talented, successful stained glass artists who ever lived.

His first efforts were very much in the Arts & Crafts tradition of the time, influenced by his father, Joshua Clarke, who himself ran a stained glass workshop, and his experiences with the artists of 'An Tur Gloine', where he learnt much of his craft.

Clarke developed a distinct, personal style in both his glass and illustration that had far more in common with the European Symbolists artists than the Arts & Crafts. His stylised, often elongated figures with their often sharp features and intense expressions characterise his work, along with an unsurpassed richness of colour and technique, utilising much acid etching and plating to magnify the richness of his work.

Clarke was also a renowned illustrator, producing stunningly original images for works such as Goethe's Faust and, most notably, Edgar Allan Poe's 'Tales of Mystery & Imagination'. Some note the similarities with the work of Aubrey Beardsley, but Clarke's work is much sharper with a real flair for detail. It also often betrayed Harry's penchant for darker subject matter, perhaps a kind of antidote fo the wealth of sacred imagery required from him for his church windows.

After Clarke's death in Davos, Switzerland in 1931 his studio continued to run under the name of 'Harry Clarke Studios Ltd' and continued to produce striking stained glass, usually in a style remarkably similar to the master's own, up until their closure in 1973.

For more on Clarke's life and work see below

This group exists to draw together images from Clarke's ouevre in stained glass and illustration as a testament to his incredible vision and talent.

Work from the latter years of Harry Clarke Studios (ie after Clarke's death) will also be welcome as they largely continue his vision, provided they are identified as such.

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  • Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images, Art, Screenshots
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