Alson S. Clark

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Alson S. Clark
Born(1876-03-25)March 25, 1876
DiedMarch 23, 1949(1949-03-23) (aged 72)
MovementAmerican Impressionism, impressionism, landscape painting, photography

Alson S. Clark (March 25, 1876 – March 23, 1949) was an American Impressionist painter best remembered for his impressionist landscapes. Clark was also a photographer.

Early life[edit]

On March 25, 1876, Clark was born in Chicago, Illinois.[1]


Clark's art education included training at the Art Institute of Chicago (where he enrolled at Saturday classes at the age of 11), the Art Students League of New York, the Académie Julian and Académie Carmen in Paris[2] and in the atelier of William Merritt Chase.


Clark spent much of his early career working in Paris, France. Clark served in the US Army as an aerial photographer during World War I.[1] In the 1920s, Clark taught fine art at Occidental College, and was director of the Stickney Memorial School of Art in Pasadena.

His memberships in arts organizations included the Pasadena Society of Artists and the California Art Club. His work was included in the Tonal Impressionism exhibition curated by Harry Muir Kurtzworth in 1937, along with the works of Frank Tenney Johnson, Frank Tolles Chamberlain and Theodore Lukits which was held in the Los Angeles Art Association Gallery at the Los Angeles Public Library.

Public art[edit]

In addition to landscape paintings, Alson Clark painted murals for the Carthay Circle Theatre in Los Angeles, and the fire curtain of the Pasadena Playhouse, depicting a Spanish galleon in full sail. A group of murals completed in 1929 can still be seen at the former 1st Trust & Savings Bank at 587 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California. The murals consist of four panels standing approximately ten feet in height, each depicting a major southern California industry: oil drilling, citrus farming, the movies, and shipping.[3]

Personal life[edit]

In 1898, Clark traveled to France. In 1902, Clark returned to the United States. In 1920, Clark married Atta Medora McMullin (1881-1962).[1] In 1920, Clark and his wife moved to the Arroyo Seco area in Pasadena, California.[1]

On March 23, 1949, Clark died while painting in his studio in Pasadena, California. He was 72 years old.[1] Clark is buried at Mountain View Cemetery in Altadena, California.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Featured Artist: Alson Skinner Clark". The Irvine Museum. Archived from the original on 2007-04-15. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  2. ^ Archived October 5, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Alson Skinner Clark". L.A. Murals. Archived from the original on 2007-02-16. Retrieved 2007-03-19.
  4. ^ "Alson Skinner Clark". Find a Grave. Retrieved September 20, 2019.

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