Clara Belle (CB) Owen
(1854 - 1955)
Clara Belle (C.B.) Owen was active/lived in California, New York, Illinois / France. Clara Owen is known for portrait, landscape and western theme painting.
Biography Clara Belle (C.B.) Owen
Raised and educated in McHenry, Illinois, Clara Belle Owen was a painter who signed her work as C.B. Owen. She began painting portraits while still a teenager and at age 17 did an oil painting, Cribbage Players, of her parents, Oliver William and Harriet Holmes Owen. From that time she did paintings of other family members and of notable persons such as Lillian Russell, the actress, and Senator John Percival Jones of Nevada.
She was largely self taught, although she studied in Chicago with Susan Hely St. John and in late 1880 went to Europe with her family where she painted in Paris at the Louvre and Luxembourg Museum and Gardens, choosing not to enroll in an atelier. Of being at the museums, she wrote to her mother in Chicago
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