Clarence K. Chatterton (1880-1973)

Clarence K. Chatterton (1880-1973)

Mr. Chatterton's point of view is characterized by certain serene enjoyment of actualities that amount almost to a philosophy of life. His pictures of New England villages and streets, of meadows and trees and white meeting houses induce something of the same reaction that one gets from reading Thoreau and Emerson. His manner of setting down his reactions has the integrity of his point of view which is characterized by directness and candor.1

1The New York American, n.d​

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Born in Newburgh, New York, Clarence Chatterton attended both the Art Students League and the New York School of Art in the early part of the twentieth century and had the fortune of counting both William Merritt Chase and Robert Henri among his instructors. As leader of the Ashcan painters, Henri had a particular influence on Chatterton’s work and he soon learned to paint with gusto and to find beauty in seemingly commonplace subjects. He befriended fellow classmates Edward Hopper, Rockwell Kent and Gifford Beal, and in 1910 was invited to exhibit with a group of Henri’s students at the MacDowell Club in New York. He would continue showing at MacDowell and later with Wildenstein Gallery and Macbeth Gallery (which both hosted several solo shows of his work), and also took part in regular exhibitions of the National Academy of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Corcoran Gallery, and the Art Institute of Chicago, among other venues. 



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