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Fine Art, Rene Clarke, Field, Antique Watercolor, 1924 (Sold)
Rene Clarke (1886 – 1969) Field
American: July 6, 1924
Watercolor and ink on paper
Signed lower left: RC July 6 24
Notes verso: “Rene Clark, A99.18”
14 x 20 inches
Provenance: Society of Illustrators, New York City
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A shimmering landscape done in pastel shades of yellow, purple, blue, and green. The scene depicts a farming field, along with surrounding vegetation, and the suggestion of two homes in the distance. The use of color in this painting evokes the tropical feel present in much of Rene Clark’s work.
Rene Clarke worked as an illustrator for the advertising firm of Caulkins and Holden for 44 years starting in 1912. Hee 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.”