Eliot Candee Clark Oil Painting Italian Canal Scene, Early 20th Century
Eliot Candee Clark (New York/Virginia, 1883 – 1980)
Untitled (Italian canal scene), early 20th century
Oil painting on canvas
Signed to the lower right
Inscribed illegibly to the verso
Eliot Candee Clark, son of landscape painter Walter Clark and Jennifer Woodruff Clark, was a largely self-taught American impressionist known for his landscape paintings. During his youth, Clarke often accompanied his father on trips to the art colonies at Annisquam, Gloucester, Chadd’s Ford, and Ogunquit where he was introduced to many prolific artists of the period including Edward Potthast and John Henry Twachtman. Studying briefly at the Art Student’s league after graduating high school, Clark soon broke away from a formalized education, instead moving to Europe where he spent two years painting, visiting museums, and traveling. It was during this time period that the artist was first introduced to the works of James Whistler, an experience that had a lasting impression on Clark’s color palette. He returned to New York City in 1906 where he set up a studio, working there for six years before going west for a year to paint the landscapes of New Mexico and Calfornia. He later took a teaching position at the University of Georgia where he created some of his most celebrated landscapes of the deep South. Clark eventually settled in Albemarle, Virginia with his second wife and spent the remainder of his life painting the landscapes surrounding him. He was president of Allied Artists of America, and a member of the National Academy of Design Awards Jury, Society of Painters of New York, Connecticut Association of Fine Art, Salmagundi Club, International Society of Arts and Letters, Macdonald Club, Art Fund Society, and the New York Watercolor Club. He has exhibited all over the United States and Europe and is held in a number of private collections.
- wear to the edges of the canvas; craquelure, dust and particle build-up to the composition.