Oil on board
15 Inches x 18 InchesFramed Size: 19½ Inches x 22½ Inches
Bonhams "California and Western Paintings and Sculpture" sale, August 9, 2011. Lot 83.
Signed, dated and inscribed, 'To my friends the Vander Leeks Alson Clark 19'
Reframed in a custom vintage 23kt. frame gold leafed by Vandeuren Galleries, Los Angeles.
Alson Skinner Clark (1876-1949) was born in Chicago, IL. At age 11 Clark enrolled at the AIC, continued in NYC at the ASL and with William Merritt Chase and Frank Duveneck. Late in 1898, he went to Paris for further study at Academie Carmen under Whistler. Returning to the U.S. in 1901, Alson Clark established a studio in Watertown, NY, and then returned to Chicago where in 1903 sales in a successful exhibition allowed for travel in Canada and Europe.
After serving as an aerial photographer in WWI, he settled in southern California wherein in 1922 he and Guy Rose formed the teaching faculty of Pasadena’s Stickney Art School. During this period Alson Clark also had a studio in Palm Springs. He taught landscape classes at Occidental College in Eagle Rock in the late 1930s. Alson Clark died of a heart attack in Pasadena on March 22, 1949. One of southern California’s most renowned painters, his early portraits and figure studies evince the somber tonalities of Whistler. After painting in Giverny with Guy Rose and other impressionists, by 1910 his palette had begun to brighten considerably.
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