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Eliot Candee Clark

American Artist (1883-1980)


'Jackson Hole' (upper)

Oil on Board

14 x 16 in. 




'Oasis #2, Arizona' (lower) dated 1939

Oil on Board

12 x 18 in.




Milwaukee Art Institute, WI.;

Fort Worth Museum of Art, TX,

Guild of Allied Artists, N.Y.;

Butler Art Institute, OH.



Clark proved to be a prodigious watercolorist and painter from a very early age.  His work was accepted for exhibition by 1900 at the prestigious Society of American Artists as well as the National Academy of Design.  He mastered the tonalist and impressionist style painting with fellow artists and friends John Twachtman, Edward Potthast and George Inness.  After a trip to Giverny, London and Venice, Eliot returned to the US, where he camped out in the deserts of California and Arizona in an effort to achieve the best atmospheric effects in his plein-air manner.  He was given major one man shows in Boston, New York and Savannah, and his work was acquired by President Woodrow Wilson.  He published a number of books on American Impressionist painters, and is considered one of the best art historians of his time.

Eliot excels in constructing vibrant compositions with bold color contrasts and well as rhythmic gestural brushwork.  The pictorial surface shimmers with a breezy spontaneity that underlies the artist’s directness of expression and reduction of detail characteristics.  The effect of the color contrasts is heightened by the pulsating pattern of brushstrokes that define the forms.

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