Chiu (several posts below) was obviously influenced by Clausen, but when we are told he was a pupil, we need to be careful. What teaching was Clausen exactly doing at the RA in the 20s?
Charles Sims, who had lost his son in the war and ended his own life in 1928, resigned the Keepership in November 1926 and Clausen was appointed temporary Director of the Schools for the Lent term of 1927. (He had been Professor of Painting from 1903 to 1906.) So that may have been Clausen’s locus standi for being a teacher of Chiu, which Chiu’s intended biographer claims that he was.
Although it seems clear that he knew Urushibara, how well did he know him? I’ve looked at an insurance inventory of GC’s house in 1938 and he owned a couple of prints by him: a footnote to my Japanese printmaker postings, just below. That isn’t evidence. GC is a tough subject for a biographer because there is so little epistolatory evidence of his relations with the great and good, or even merely talented. He didn’t have extended documented relationships with them. Perhaps his letters held by the Royal Academy and in a few other places will prove this point wrong. I haven’t studied them. But he is usually retiring and off-camera, so you don’t find GC in the indexes of books that often.
I’ve done a dozen postings about close parallels between Clausen’s painting and Hardy’s writing (June and July archives). But there’s no evidence that he knew Hardy. He must have met him: you can see that because they are both on the lists of Royal Academy receptions. They co-signed at least two letters to The Times. He may have had long conversations with him, but there is no way of telling. There was no pilgrimage to Hardy, such as Holst made. Did GC even know Holst, his country neighbour? I’ll look at that later, too. I know of only one meeting with Whistler. There were no friendships with artists in Paris. He did not even meet Bastien-Lepage.
I’ll be documenting the encounters of other younger artists with Clausen as far as I can. They are interesting because they confirm his reputation of being sympathetic to the young: his former mentor Leighton may have been his role model here. But they aren’t always evidence of the relations of either teacher or close friend.