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Clara McChesney

 (1860 - 1928)
Clara J. Taggert McChesney was active/lived in New York, California.  Clara McChesney is known for child figure, still life and landscape painting.

Clara McChesney

Biography from Crocker Art Museum Store

Clara J. Taggert McChesney was born in Brownsville, CA in 1860. The McChesney family settled in Oakland when Clara was a child. Her father, Joseph B. McChesney, was principal of Oakland High School.

Opting for an art career, she studied in San Francisco at the School of Design under Virgil Williams, in New York at Gotham Art School under Mowbray and Beckwith, and in Paris at Académie Colarossi under Girardot and Courtois. Although most of her career was spent in NYC, she made trips to California to visit the family. She died in London, England on Aug. 6, 1928. Working in watercolor and oil, her subjects often include children.

Member: National Arts Club (New York City); Carmel AA; NY WC Club; American WC Society; Lyceum Club (London).

Exh: San Francisco Art Association, 1884-1914; Mechanics Inst. (SF), 1884-89; World's Columbian Expo (Chicago), 1893 (two gold medals); Calif. Midwinter Int'l Expo, 1894; National Academy of Design (New York City), 1894 (Dodge prize), 1901 (Hallgarten prize); Paris Salon, 1896, 1898 (medals); Philadelphia Art Club, 1900 (gold medal); Paris Expo, 1900; Pan American Expo (Buffalo), 1901 (medal); Louisiana Purchase Expo (St Louis), 1904 (bronze medal); Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915.

Works Held in Public Places: National Museum of American Art (Washington D.C.); Boston Art Club; National Arts Club (New York City); State Capitol (Sacramento).

Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Women Artists in America (Collins & Opitz); Fielding's Dictionary of American Painters & Sculptors; Who's Who in America; Artist of the American West (Doris Dawby); Artist in California (R.L. Bernier, 1916); American Art Annual 1900-07; NY Times, 8-7-1928 (obit); Art Digest, Aug. 1928 (obit).

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About  Clara McChesney

Born:  1860 - Brownsville, California
Died:   1928 - London, England
Known for:  child figure, still life and landscape painting