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Paul Chidlaw Abstract Charcoal Drawing, Circa 1989

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Paul Chidlaw (Cincinnati, 1900 – 1989)
Untitled (abstract composition), circa 1989
Charcoal drawing on paper
Signed to the lower left

The collection of Paul Chidlaw (American; 1900 – 1989)
Passed to Madge Chidlaw, wife of Paul Chidlaw
Gifted along with Chidlaw collection to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Everything But The House, The Art of Paul Chidlaw; Benefiting Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, December 10th, 2018.

Paul Chidlaw, an early proponent of abstract expressionism, had a long and distinguished career in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was born in Cleves, Ohio, and studied at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. In 1927, after working as a commercial artist for several years, he left for Europe where he worked, traveled and studied, including a period at L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Fontainebleau. After returning to Cincinnati in 1935, he painted several commissions for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and served in the US Army Corps of Engineers during WWII before settling into a long teaching career at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. There he was known for his modernist aesthetic and mentored many students including notable American Pop artists Jim Dine and Tom Wesselmann. In fact, he was so revered that the institution named the Chidlaw Gallery after him in 1986. Chidlaw’s work resides at the Cincinnati Art Museum, Xavier University, and in many private collections.

  • Item not examined outside of mounting


- abrasions and scratches to the frame; smudges throughout the composition; accretion accumulation between the glaze and the drawing; dust and residue to the surface.


20.25" W x 16.25" H x 1.0" D

- measures the frame; sight measures 12.5" W x 10" H.

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