Liss Llewellyn Fine Art - 20th Century British Art

Clara Klinghoffer (1900-1970)   BIOGRAPHY

The Artist's Sister, circa 1919
Unframed (ref: 6379)
Signed and dated on reverse  
Oil on canvas
21 1/2 x 26 1/4 in. (55 x 67 cm.)


Provenance: With the current owner's family since 1938

Klinghoffer had six sisters, many of whom modelled for her. At the age of 19, Klinghoffer was already receiving considerable critical acclaim as one of the outstanding women painters of her generation. According to the Daily Telegraph, May 3, 1920, she was able to 'draw like Raphael' and '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.'

This painting retains the  original stamped sales receipt from a Bradford Fine Art Gallery that sold to the current owners grandfather in 1938 (July 27th 1938 at 28-0-0).

Clara Klinghoffer (1900-1970)

Painter, printmaker and draughtswoman, born near Lemberg, Austria. She grew up and studied in London. At nineteen she had her first solo show, which was a huge success. She studied at Slade School of Fine Art and Central School of Arts and Crafts and in the late 1920s married the writer J.W.F. Stoppelman. She went on to show widely throughout Britain, the continent and North America, living latterly in London and New York. Klinghoffer was noted for her portraits, especially of children, and was a masterful draughtswoman in the Old Master tradition. Venues showing her work included the RA, Belgrave Gallery, NEAC and Venice Biennale. She traveled widely and painted many notable people, including the actress Dame Sybil Thorndike, the writer Isaac Bashevis Singer and her friend the artist Lucien Pissarro.

Examples of her work are included in the collections of the Tate Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum and Manchester City Art Gallery. Jacob Epstein considered her 'an artist of great talent, a painter of the first order . in the very first rank of draughtsmen in the world'. Michael Laurence, the artist's son, is currently producing a monograph on Klinghoffer.

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