Called by the Wall Street Journal "one of the leading animaliers of this century",
Count Bernard de Claviere d'Hust became familiar with his subject, the dog,
long before he
began to paint them. Born in Lyons, France in 1934, the Count raised and trained dogs while
enjoying many a hunt with them.
He began painting after studying with such
masters as the well known Versailles art
restorer, Etienne Polet, and the renowned animal painter, Count Xavier de Poret.
greatly by Velasquez, Poussin, Rembrandt, Oudry and Thomas Stubbs as well as the Italian
Renaissance painters, the Count describes himself as a painter who "sees the modern from a
One of his most
famous commissions was by the French government
commissioned him to paint Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II's favorite royal steed, Burmese,
to be presented to her as a gift from the French government. This now hangs in
private collection along with others that hang in places such as
Buckingham Palace and the
collections of the Prince of Wales, Lady Rupert Nevill, Mr. & Mrs. Edmund Vestey, The Prince
and Princess Armand d'Arenbert, Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Lauren, and Mr.& Mrs. Warrington Gillet
to name a very few around the world.
In 1993, Count de Claviere was commissioned to paint a series entitled
"Working Dogs of
the World" for Westervelt Press. Count de Clavière's
fame as the preeminent artist of animals
will continue to spread as he turns his brush to creating the stunning Working Dogs of the World
series which will be reproduced and made available in absolutely limited edition serigraphs.