This is an oil on board by the American painter Charles H. Clawson who was associated with the Hoosier School of painters centered around Richmond, Indiana. This is a painting of a piazza with stone arches and laid stone walks leading out to an open field. Clawson made excellent use of color to produce an effect of dappled light and shadow in the foreground that leads the viewer's eye up to the brightly lit field and woods beyond. The painting is signed in the lower left. It is mounted in an early 20th Century frame that has lingering traces of 19th Century scroll work in the gesso. It is in its primarily original painted finish.
Clawson was a typical early 20th Century American Impressionist. He is best know for his landscape work and he exhibited in Indiana and Ohio. He was a member of the Cincinnati Art Club.
Measurements are: painting, 20 inches x 16 inches; frame, outer dimensions, 28 3/4 inches x 24 3/4 inches.
Condition: painting is very good; frame has minor repairs and some scattered small discolorations to the painted finish in the deep cove that comes down to the liner.
This bright, sunny and dramatic painting is a good and affordable example of late American Impressionism as it was practiced in the Mid-West. It is perfect for any room including one filled with sun and plants.
Item ID: JT71