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 Clark Hobart  (1868 - 1948)

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Lived/Active: California/Illinois      Known for: landscape, portrait, figure, etching

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Rockford, Illinois on Jan. 1, 1868, Hobart moved to California with his family when he was a small boy.  He studied art in San Francisco at the School of Design under Stanton and Cadenasso, and privately with William Keith.  He then spent three years at the ASL in NYC under Blum and Bridgman and completed his art training in Paris.

Returning to the U.S., he worked in NYC as art editor for the Burr-McIntosh magazine before moving to Monterey, CA in 1911.  The turning point in his career came in 1915 at the PPIE.  During the exposition Hobart was awarded a silver medal and received praise from local art critics for his development of color monotype prints.  When the Oakland Civic Art Gallery opened in 1916, an entire room was devoted to his monotypes.  In that year Hobart left the Monterey Peninsula and established a studio in San Francisco.  From his studio came portraits of Carl Oscar Borg, Mrs. Leo Lentelli, and Gottardo Piazzoni.  Often compared to Cézanne, he is nationally known for his Impressionist portraits and landscapes.  His final years were spent in nearby Los Gatos; he died at Napa State Hospital on Feb. 23, 1948.

Exhibitions:
California Society of Etchers; Del Monte Gallery (Monterey), 1912-13; California Artists, Golden Gate Park Museum, 1915; Panama-Calif. Exposition (San Diego), 1915; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1915, 1918; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1915; Kennedy Gallery (NYC), 1916; NY Architectural League, 1916; National Academy of Design, 1916; Calif. Liberty Fair, 1918 (1st prize); San Francisco Art Association, 1918 (prize), 1921 (1st prize), 1922 (gold medal); Western Ass'n of Art Museum Directors, 1922; Bohemian Club, 1922, 1923 (solo), 1929; Golden Gate International Exhibition, 1939; Oakland Museum, 1981.

Work in Permanent Collections:
San Francisco Museum of Art; CHS; Bohemian Club; De Young Museum; Mills College (Oakland); Oakland Museum; Salinas High School; Nevada Museum (Reno); Monterey Peninsula Museum.
Source:
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
California Impressionism (Wm. Gerdts & Will South); Art in California (R. L. Bernier, 1916); American Art Annual 1917-20; California Art Research, 20 volumes; Death record; SF Chronicle, 2-24-1948 (obituary).
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Clark Hobart (1868-1948)

Clark Hobart was known for his Impressionist landscapes and portraits, but was also regarded as a master creator of monotype prints.

Hobart was born in Rockford, Illinois in 1868 but while still a young boy he and his family relocated to California.  His first art instruction was at the California School of Design in San Francisco, California where he studied under Giuseppe Cadenasso and later, privately with William Keith.  He moved to New York City and studied at the Art Students League, and then worked in New York City as a commercial artist between 1903 and 1911.

Soon after, he moved back to California, to Monterey where he was thrust into the new center of Impressionist painting.  In 1915 he was awarded the silver medal for his work with monotype prints at the Panama- Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, California and was featured at the Oakland Civic Art Gallery upon its opening in 1916. Hobart spent time in a studio he maintained in San Francisco and also in the Los Gatos area of California.  He exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1915 and 1918; the National Academy of Design in New York, 1916; the Bohemian Club, San Francisco, 1923 and 1929; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1915.

Clark Hobart died at the Napa State Hospital, California, in 1948.

Biography from Edenhurst Gallery (Artists A to L):
Clark Hobart was born in 1868 in Rockford, Illinois.  Hobart's family moved to California when he was a child, settling in San Francisco.  There, Hobart began his education, enrolling at the Mark Hopkins Institute.  He later went to New York, and took classes at the Art Students League, with training in Paris to follow. 

In 1915, Hobart received a silver medal at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco.  It was here he became recognized for his color monotype prints, the resulting popularity of which giving him entire exhibition room at the Oakland Civic Museum in 1916.  Known for his impressionist landscapes and portraits, Hobart opened his own studio in San Francisco, dying in that city in 1948.

Biography from William A. Karges Fine Art - Carmel:
Clark Hobart was born in Rockford, Illinois, in 1868, and moved with his family to California as a small boy.  He studied at the San Francisco School of Design, the Art Students League, and in Paris.

Hobart worked as an art editor in New York from 1903 until his move to Monterey, California, in 1911, where he was able to focus on his Impressionist landscapes and portraits.

Hobart remained active in Northern California for the remainder of his life, with homes and studios in San Francisco, Monterey, and Los Gatos.

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