Ralph Elmer Clarkson
(1861 - 1942)
Ralph Elmer Clarkson was active/lived in Illinois, New York. Ralph Clarkson is known for portrait, town-landscape, figure easel and mural painting.
Photo courtesy of Vanderpoel Art Archives
Biography Ralph Elmer Clarkson
Portraitist Ralph Clarkson was born in Amesbury, Massachusetts. He is noted for his portraits as well as his involvement with the Illinois Eagle's Nest Art Colony*, His death in 1942 marked the end of the Colony's existence.
From his earliest years, Clarkson wanted to become an artist, and his first work was as a designer and draughtsman. He studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in the early 1880s under Frederic Crowninshield before moving to Paris to study at the Julian Academy* in Paris under Jules Lefebvre and Gustave Boulanger, from 1884 to 1887. He described his first painting entry in the Paris Salon* as "a little thing seven by eleven feet", which depicted two old men in a sunlit square.&
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