Allan Clark
(American, 1896 – 1950)

Charmion, c. 1927
Bronze, teal green patina with parcel gilt, 14 1/8 H. x 8 ¼ W. x 3 ¾ D. inches
Signed: ALLAN CLARK / No. 4 (edition), inscribed: ROMAN BRONZE WORKS N – Y –
An exceptional example of collaboration between artist and foundry, this lost wax casting by Allan Clark was executed at the Roman Bronze Works Foundry, New York, in the first quarter of the twentieth century. The sculpture possesses exquisite modeling and detail, which combines a lustrous color patina and parcel gilding to the hooded falcon that rests upon the outstretched arm of the lithe figure. Charmion was a trusted servant and advisor to Cleopatra VII of Egypt and held an important position in Cleopatra’s trusted circle.

Forever Young and Forever Panting, 1927
A pair of bronze sculptures, dark brown patina
Largest dimensions: 24 7/8 H. x 14 1/2 W. x 6 5/8 D. inches
Each signed on base: ALLAN CLARK – 1927
Each stamped on base: GORHAM CO FOUNDERS / QFTB and QFXP respectively

Allan Clark enrolled at the Art Institute of Chicago where he studied under Albin Polasek, who sparked a love of sculpture in the young student that prompted him to turn away from painting. After serving in the Navy during World War I, Clark received a number of successful exhibitions and important commissions, leading to his admittance into the National Sculpture Society as one of its youngest members in 1919. The following year, he relocated to New York and began studying under Robert Aitken.

In 1924, Clark embarked on a three-year tour of the Far East, visiting and studying the arts in Japan, Korea, China, Cambodia, Thailand, and Burma, among other nations.  His stylized modeling reflects the influences of the art and architecture he studied in his travels.  Upon his return, the works he produced while traveling were exhibited at Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum, making Clark the first living artist to receive a solo exhibition at the museum. He settled in New Mexico in 1929 and established a studio there, where he would produce Southwestern works and integrate himself into the Santa Fe arts community.

In this quintessential Art Deco pairing, Clark transforms the lyricism found in his Asian-inspired works to complement the bodies of two Western figures. These castings were produced the year Clark returned from his travels through Asia, symbolizing the expanded knowledge of technique and material he gained from studying Asian practices. It is rare to find these sculptures as a unified set.

Public Collections:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Whitney Museum of Art, New York
Seattle Art Museum, Washington
Brookgreen Gardens Museum, South Carolina

You can view these Allan Clark sculptures in our current exhibition:

Figure and Form
Through September 16th

Featured artists:
George Bellows • Karl Bitter • Allan Clark • Charles Demuth • Harriet Frishmuth • Henry Hering • Malvina Hoffman • Cecil de Blaquiere Howard • Henry Salem Hubbell • Harry Jackson • Carl Paul Jennewein • Leon Kroll • Frederick W. MacMonnies • Edward McCartan • Francis Luis Mora • Andrée Ruellan • Janet Scudder • Everett Shinn • John Sloan • Eugene Speicher • Joseph Stella • Benedict Tatti • Max Weber • Robert White • Wheeler Williams • William Zorach


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