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Lt. Clement Beuchat

1891-1955

Clement Beuchat was a Buffalo, NY painter and war veteran, whose work focused on depicting cityscapes, landscapes and war scenes. Beuchat was born March 28, 1891. He studied at the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy under the direction of Earnest Fosberry.[1] He became an original member of the Saturday Sketch Club in Springbrook, NY. The club was formed as an act of protest by students after the firing of Fosberry, who was a teacher and mentor to the students.[2]

Beuchat went on to join the New York National Guard 78th Division.[3] He fought during the pursuit of Pancho Villa from 1914-1917 and was sent to fight in World War I.[4] During his service, Beuchat continued to pursue his art. Many of his paintings depicted moments he saw throughout his time in the military. Beuchat painted while he was stationed in the Southwest and continued his endeavors when he was sent to France.[5]  He fought in many major battles throughout the war was subsequently awarded the Victory Medal with three battle stars, as well as other service awards.[6]

Upon his return home in 1919, Beuchat joined the Fine Arts League, and continued to paint until his death in 1955.[7]



[1] Rebecca Justinger, “From World War I to the Saturday Sketch Club”, The Buffalo History Museum Blog, https://buffalohistorymuseum.com/2017/05/06/from-world-war-1-to-the-saturday-sketch-club/.

[2] Rebecca Justinger, “From World War I to the Saturday Sketch Club”, The Buffalo History Museum Blog, https://buffalohistorymuseum.com/2017/05/06/from-world-war-1-to-the-saturday-sketch-club/.

[3] Rebecca Justinger, “From World War I to the Saturday Sketch Club”, The Buffalo History Museum Blog, https://buffalohistorymuseum.com/2017/05/06/from-world-war-1-to-the-saturday-sketch-club/.

[4] Rebecca Justinger, “From World War I to the Saturday Sketch Club”, The Buffalo History Museum Blog, https://buffalohistorymuseum.com/2017/05/06/from-world-war-1-to-the-saturday-sketch-club/.

[5]  Rebecca Justinger, “From World War I to the Saturday Sketch Club”, The Buffalo History Museum Blog, https://buffalohistorymuseum.com/2017/05/06/from-world-war-1-to-the-saturday-sketch-club/.

[6] Rebecca Justinger, “From World War I to the Saturday Sketch Club”, The Buffalo History Museum Blog, https://buffalohistorymuseum.com/2017/05/06/from-world-war-1-to-the-saturday-sketch-club/.

[7] Rebecca Justinger, “From World War I to the Saturday Sketch Club”, The Buffalo History Museum Blog, https://buffalohistorymuseum.com/2017/05/06/from-world-war-1-to-the-saturday-sketch-club/.