Allan Clark (American, 1896-1950)
Woman and her Falcon
Signed on base: Allan Clark
Numbered: No. 6 on back of base
Excellent condition, minor chip to marble base.
Aside from his extensive travels in Asia, Allan Clark was really an authentic artist of the American West. He was born in Issoula, Montana in 1896 but relocated to Tacoma, Washington with his parents Harry and Bessie Clark in 1908. Clark attended Stadium High Schol before going to Puget Sound College. He lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico for the last twenty years of his life.
Clark left Tacoma to study first at The Art Institute of Chicago with Albin Polasek followed by a stint with teacher Robert Aitken at New York’s Art Students League in 1920. He worked in a number of different mediums but sculpture was his favorite. In 1923 Clark received an important commission to creat 21 figures for the top of the Suzzallo Library at the University of Washington Seattle. Three of these figures represent Mastery, Inspiration and Thought-larger-than-life stone carvings that adorn the library entrance and the remaining 18 life-size figures in terra cotta.
From 1924-1927 Clark traveled extensively with his wife throughout Asia. These travels had a profound influence on his art. He incorporated Asian techniques and aesthetics into his sculpture and began working more in wood. Clark participated in the important Fogg Museum expedition to see cave chapels in China, followed by visitis to Burma, Cambodia and Thailand during that time.
By 1930 Clark was living in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he resided on a ranch. He continued creating art for the next twenty years until his death in 1950.
Woman and her Falcon is imbued with the stylized, sinuous line of the Art Deco period. The very high sheen green patina is also typical of the Art Deco period. The subject, patina and design of this scupture suggest a date sometime during the mid-1920’s to the 1930’s.
Dimensions: 14 3/4" x 8"w; base 4" x 5 3/8"
Item ID: DA-SCLP/ORN 034