Riviera, 1958

Medium: oil on canvas Dimensions: Framed: 36" W X 27" H Price:

Clara Klinghoffer

When she was only 19 years old, Clara Klinghoffer had her first solo exhibition of sixty works at Hampstead Gallery in London. The Daily Graphic announced her debut with the headline, “Girl Who Draws Like Raphael – Success At 19". The review opened with: “Miss Clara Klinghoffer must be regarded as a new star. Her work is strongly individualistic and original, her point of view strictly her own, her power great. If she elects to do a thing it is done with masterful force.” Critics described her as “Masterly”, “…a dazzling radiance that has no equal at present in Pall Mall.” “Her work shows the influence of Rembrandt and Hals.” Bernard Meninsky compared her drawings to da Vinci.

Six years later, the British journal Women of Today described her as “one of the greatest English women painters, a poor and utterly unknown young girl from the East End when her first exhibition took the artistic world by storm in 1919.”

Museum collections worldwide have acquired her artwork, including the British Museum, Tate Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Artist Reviews:

Mary Chamot: “Modern Painters in England”
"Clara Klinghoffer’s drawings are comparable to the great Italian Masters." 

"When (Clara Klinghoffer) was less than twenty she was already recognized by the dealers and by the artists who count as an important character in the world of art. One critic said of her that she was ‘full of the beautiful spirit of Raphael,’ while another wrote that she was under the influence of Leonardo, whose style, he said, she adapted to suit her personality."

Amelia DeFries, November, 1923: 
 "Be that as it may, the fact is that, in her teens, without money or influence, and living in the non-fashionable end of London, she has made her mark in the center of the most difficult city in the world…I am convinced she can become, by the time she is forty, a really great master, creating priceless art treasures.”

News Review, 14 April, 1938:
 "Though she has her pictures in the Tate Gallery and the British Museum, Clara Klinghoffer has never had a lesson in painting. At her first exhibition, arranged in 1919 by admirers Jacob Epstein and Richard Sickert, she was hailed as one of the greatest modern English women painters..."

Sunday Times, London: 
"Clara Klinghoffer’s three paintings, which include a study of a head – Leah – as exquisite in colour as it is masterly in its drawing and modeling, are in a class by themselves. Beside the ripe achievement of this highly gifted painter, the remaining exhibits appear the work of novices."

The Times, London: 
"As an expression of personality in paint the portrait of Lucien Pissaro is one of the most successful paintings we have ever seen. It positively simmers with the temperamental qualities of a veteran artist."

460 Park Avenue Gallery at 57th Street.
 (CUE SAYS GO). January 4, 1941
"Clara Klinghoffer - England’s best-known woman artist seen here for the first time. Rare indeed is such mastery of line as shown in her drawings, such subtlety and warmth of paint as in her canvases of women, men, children and types."

The New York Times
: "Something of the charm of the great eighteenth-century French artists, modernized and with more of a broad human basis, is to be found in such works…This is admirable stuff."

Riviera, 1958

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