Here is a rare original published signed illustration painting by prominent American illustrator Clara D. Davidson for the 1907 novel Patty in Paris, part of the popular series of novels by Carolyn Wells. Dimensions: 14" by 17 1/2". The final image shows the illustration as it appears in the book.
Louis, Missouri in 1874, Clara D. Davidson was 15 and living with her family in Brooklyn when she enrolled at Cooper Union's Woman's Art School in New York. From 1889 to 1893 classes taken by her in drawing from elementary casts, the antique, life and pen and ink illustration at the Woman's Art School provided a foundation for her absorbing style of rendering. She attended the Art Students League and studied with Arthur Wesley Dow in New York before embarking on a four-year stint of study and travel in Europe.
In Paris she maintained an atelier that was visited by many Americans. During the years she spent abroad she studied with Alphonse Mucha and Jacques-Emil Blanche. The drawings she did of models at Mucha's Paris studio are revealing of how, for Davidson, the figure is both equally a source of formal study and a subject of human interest.Her images of women, men, girls and boys represent the open, independent, and highly personal eye that she cast on reality. In the 1890s and early 1900s, a period marking a definite high point for figurative drawing, Clara D. Davidson was singled out by her contemporaries in the numerous exhibitions in which she participated for her drawing and painting skills. From the early 1900s through 1930s the artist exhibited regularly. She participated in shows at key institutions.
These included major annuals held at The National Academy of Design, Pennsylvania Academy, Philadelphia Art Club, Philadelphia Water Color Club, Chicago Art Institute, Society of American Artists, The MacDowell Club of New York, The Rockford Art Association, The National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors, The Wadsworth Atheneum, and Silvermine. A most talented painter and gifted illustrator, Davidson had a studio in midtown Manhattan in the early 1900s.
The Saturday Evening Post, Town & Country and Success magazine were some of the periodicals in which she published. Patty's Summer Days, 1906, and Patty in Paris, 1907, two of the popular Patty Fairfield books by Carolyn Wells were illustrated by her. The Evening Post, The Globe, and New York Times were among the publications giving favorable notices to Davidson, who showed alongside of artists like Henry Ward Ranger, Edward Dufner, Zulma Steele, Jane Peterson and Harriet W.
In 1906 Davidson married Charles S. Simpson, and in 1910 had a son. In 1917 the family moved to Norwalk, Connecticut.
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