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Lot 66: Alson Skinner Clark (1876-1949 Pasadena, CA)

California & American Fine Art Auction

by John Moran Auctioneers

25 October 2016

Monrovia, CA, USA

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Description: ''After the Market'', figures exiting a Mexican town square, circa 1923, signed lower left: Alson, signed again and titled on the stretcher, oil on canvas, 35'' H x 46'' W, est: $30,000/40,000. Exhibited: San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA, August 1923; Grand Central Art Gallery, New York, NY, October 1925, no. 15; O'Brien Art Galleries, Chicago, IL, 1926. Literature: J. Stern, ''Alson S. Clark'', Los Angeles, CA, 1983, p. 107. Note: An inveterate world traveler, Alson Clark travelled for the first time to Mexico in 1922 and went back for a longer trip a year later with Orrin White. The pair left in March 1923 by boat and visited, among other places, Manzanillo, Mexico City, Cuernavaca, Queretaro and Taxco. In the present work as well as ''Colonade [sic], Queretaro'', both from the University Club collection, Clark's fascination with deteriorating building facades, whose textured surfaces cast the artist's celebrated lavender shadows, is fully explored. ''Images of decaying buildings were now long associated with Clark's oeuvre, and he fully realized their commercial appeal...However, this is not to suggest that he developed an overall strategy for Mexico based on commercial considerations. Mexico's history, culture, and architecture were the artist's primary concern'' (D. Solon, ''An American Impressionist: The Art and Life of Alson Skinner Clark'', Pasadena, CA, 2005, p. 100). Paintings from this Mexico trip, including the present work, were exhibited in August 1923 at the San Diego Museum of Art, and then travelled to O?Brien Art Galleries in Chicago, IL and Grand Central Art Gallery in New York, NY. There is an unfinished oil sketch depicting a Mexican doorway on the verso canvas. This lot is accompanied by a copy of Deborah Solon's 2005 book, ''An American Impressionist: The Art and Life of Alson Skinner Clark''.

Condition Report: Visual: Generally good condition. Minor frame abrasion. Blacklight: No evidence of touch-up under blacklight.

Notes: An inveterate world traveler, Alson Clark travelled for the first time to Mexico in 1922 and went back for a longer trip a year later with Orrin White. The pair left in March 1923 by boat and visited, among other places, Manzanillo, Mexico City, Cuernavaca, Queretaro and Taxco. In the present work as well as ''Colonade [sic], Queretaro'', both from the University Club collection, Clark's fascination with deteriorating building facades, whose textured surfaces cast the artist's celebrated lavender shadows, is fully explored. ''Images of decaying buildings were now long associated with Clark's oeuvre, and he fully realized their commercial appeal...However, this is not to suggest that he developed an overall strategy for Mexico based on commercial considerations. Mexico's history, culture, and architecture were the artist's primary concern'' (D. Solon, ''An American Impressionist: The Art and Life of Alson Skinner Clark'', Pasadena, CA, 2005, p. 100). Paintings from this Mexico trip, including the present work, were exhibited in August 1923 at the San Diego Museum of Art, and then travelled to O?Brien Art Galleries in Chicago, IL and Grand Central Art Gallery in New York, NY. There is an unfinished oil sketch depicting a Mexican doorway on the verso canvas. This lot is accompanied by a copy of Deborah Solon's 2005 book, ''An American Impressionist: The Art and Life of Alson Skinner Clark''

Provenance: The University Club, Pasadena, CA

Dimensions: 35'' H x 46'' W

Artist or Maker: Alson Skinner Clark (1876-1949 Pasadena, CA)

Exhibited: San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA, August 1923; Grand Central Art Gallery, New York, NY, October 1925, no. 15; O'Brien Art Galleries, Chicago, IL, 1926

Literature: J. Stern, ''Alson S. Clark'', Los Angeles, CA, 1983, p. 107

Medium: oil on canvas

Date: circa 1923

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