Clara G. Newman (American/Indiana, b. 1870), “Old China,” oil on canvas still life with blue and white teapot, vase of flowers, and plates of fruit, set on a table covered by a white cloth in an interior setting, with furniture and curtain in the background. Signed “Clara G. Newman” lower right. Paper exhibition label en verso for the 1950 Hoosier Salon Exhibition along with artist name, address and title of painting. Molded wood frame. Sight – 23 3/8″ H x 21 1/2″ W. Framed – 28″ H x 25 3/4″ W. Biography: Clara Newman studied art with J.E. Forkner, Felix Mahoney, Elizabeth Overbeck, Coats, John King and R. Byram. Born in Nebraska, she moved to Richmond, Indiana by 1897, and in addition to painting, became a public school teacher. She was a member of the Hoosier Art Association, and the Richmond, Indiana Art Association. She exhibited with the Salons of America, the Society of Independent Artists in 1938, and the Indiana State Fair of 1939. Source: Who Was Who in American Art. Provenance: by descent from Louise Whisenhunt, former director of the Art Association of Richmond, Indiana. CONDITION: Overall craquelure and grime; patch repairs to three tears – 1/2″ upper left quadrant in orange flowers; 2″ x 1/12″ flag-shaped repair to lower left quadrant (tablecloth); 1″ repair center background near teapot spout. Scattered wear and abrasions to frame.
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