Berthe Des Clayes (1877 – 1968) was a Scottish-born artist heavily influenced by the impressionist art movement. She has a following of collectors in the UK and also in Canada - especially in the Monteal area where she moved to in 1914. Below are Berthe Des Clayes paintings for sale from the Des Clayes family sale in Exeter, Devon 2017.
Berthe Des Clayes was born in Aberdeen in 1877 and lived with her two younger sisters, Alice and Gertrude who were also notable artists. Her early studies were at the Bushey School of Art in England with H. Herkomer, after which she went on to study in Paris at the Académie Julian.
After moving to London in 1906 Berthe spent most of her career moving between England and Montreal Canada, before settling in Devon, England in 1967 just one year before her death.
Known for her portraits and impressionist landscapes, Berthe Des Clayes was quite versatile when it came to her use of different media for her work, using oils, watercolours and pastels. During her life Berthe illustrated two books: 'Here and There in Montreal and the Island of Montreal' (1931) by Charles W. Stokes, and 'Acadia (Nova Scotia)' published by the Dominion Atlantic Railway. Berthe won the Jessie Dow Prize twice and her works are held in a number of prestigeous museums and galleries. Two Nova Scotia harbour scenes and one of her landscapes are featured at the National Gallery of Canada.