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Clara Kinghoffer (1900-1970)   BIOGRAPHY

Rose, with mortar and pestle, 1919
Framed (ref: 79)

Signed and dated

Oil on canvas, 30 1/2 x 25 5/8 in. (77 x 55 cm.)


Provenance: acquired directly from the artist's son

This painting depicts Rose, one of Clara's six sisters and a favourite model of Jacob Epstein, noted for her flaming red hair (see Liss Fine Art, 2004, cat. no. 9). It was undertaken whilst Klinghoffer was in her penultimate year at the Slade. 'I consider Klinghoffer,' Epstein later wrote, 'an artist of great talent - a painter and draughtswoman of the first order.. . As a draughtswoman her understanding of form places her in the very first rank of draughtswomen in the world' (30.3.39, copyright: Visible Ink Incorporated).

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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