Bernard de Claviere
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. Influenced 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 classical perspective." One of his most famous commissions was by the French government when they 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 her majesty's private collection.