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Landscape, Florida Beach Scene, Rene Clarke, Vintage Watercolor, c. 1920s


Rene Clark
Florida Beach Scene
American: c. 1920s
Watercolor on paper, unsigned
Notes verso: “Vintage Rene Clark – 1920’s, #42, A99.19(b)”
10 x 14 inches
Provenance: Society of Illustrators, New York City

A view of the Florida coast, with onlookers appearing on a beach observing a small boat near the horizon. The dark clouds and swaying palm trees indicate an approaching storm.

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Rene Clarke  worked as an illustrator for the advertising firm of Caulkins and Holden for 44 years starting in 1912.  He became Art Director and then President there. He admired the French artist Rene Vincent, so became known at his firm as Rene Clarke, even though he was born as James Alfred Clarke.  He vacationed in Florida in his later years of life painting a number of landscapes there.

On the occasion of his exhibition at the Society of Illustrators in 1956, an article about him was published in the magazine American Artist, subtitled “An appreciation of an artist who, for more than forty years had a profound effect on advertising art and, over the same of years, has also practised [sic] independent painting in watercolor.

Condition: Generally very good, the colors bright, with only minor toning, wear, soft creases. Inventory number verso.

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20th Century