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Sale 1147 Lot 153

Claude Clark
(African-American; 1915 - 2001)
Cabins at Camp
Oil on board
c. 1956. Signed.

Provenance: the family of the artist.

This painting depicts a YMCA camp in Northern California as the artist remembered it.

Claude Clark was born on a tenant farm in Georgia in 1915.He received a four year scholarship to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and studied at the Barnes Foundation. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sacramento State University and a Masters of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Clark worked as a printmaker in stone lithography, metal plate intaglio, aquatint, etching and carbograph on the Federal Arts Project of the Works Progress Administration in Philadelphia from 1939-1942. During the Depression, he shared a studio with Raymond Steth and worked closely with carborundum print process inventor, Dox Thrash.
He taught at Sacramento State College in 1956, demonstrating how carbographs were made, as well as creating several prints. From 1942 until the early 1960s, Clark did linoleum relief prints for each year, including "New House."
Bridging the divide between the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Arts Movement, Clark's paintings generally represent black genre in an effort to construct art of socio-political import. His work, with characteristically basic design and color format, offer easily translatable stories that "mirror societal ideals and values."
A number of Claude's paintings from the 1960s are included in the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, Ohio, an institute which showcases African American Art of the Black Arts Movement. Clark's work can also be found in many public collections including The Saint Louis Art Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, Atlanta University, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
18" x 24"
Estimate $4,000-6,000

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