Carroll Cloar estate

b. Earl, AR, 1913; d. Memphis, TN, 1993
I believe that I think like I write, and when I have conceived of a good title I am more stimulated than I would have been by a purely visual idea. I am more conscious of form and color than I used to be, but still prefer ideas that can also be expressed in words. Many times when my backlog of ideas is getting low, I read the dictionary. Quite often one word can evoke images that lead to a painting.
Portrait Of My Mother
Portrait Of My Mother

Carroll Cloar is recognized nationally for his paintings and prints of life in the American South. Through a distinctive approach to narrative realism, Cloar’s works engage with the regionalism of Grant Wood, the realism of Edward Hopper, and the mythical whimsy of Henri Rousseau. Cloar was born on a farm in Eastern Arkansas, where a complicated relationship with his family began and continued to compel him creatively. He planned to work as a comic strip illustrator, yet became more interested in lithography and painting after studying at the Art Students League in New York. He drew inspiration from his home and his life in the South, as well his memories and dreams, family stories and photographs, newspapers, memorabilia and American folklore. Throughout extensive cross-country travel, and time spent in Mexico and in the Army Air Corps during World War II, he continued to make art about the South. While he first gained national attention for his work in exhibitions in New York, he moved back to Memphis in 1955 to fully engage his practice and infatuation with his Southern identity. All along Cloar’s lifelong exploration of memory and place, he built new idyllic versions of his past and instilled his viewers with a similar vision.

Born in 1913 in Earle, Arkansas, Carroll Cloar studied at the Memphis Academy of Art and Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) and at the Art Students League of New York. His work has been the subject of many exhibitions and publications, and he received many commissions and awards throughout his career. He is featured in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, and the Whitney Museum of Art among others.

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Portrait Of My Mother
Portrait Of My Mother
Old Letters
Old Letters
 Preacher of the Holiness
Preacher of the Holiness
Nostalgia
Nostalgia
Sunday Group
Sunday Group
The Ingredients
The Ingredients
The Ghost, Study
The Ghost, Study
Playground Edge, Study
Playground Edge, Study
Day in December, Study
Day in December, Study
Tree In The Field
Tree In The Field
Consultation, Study
Consultation, Study
It's Been A Long Old Lonesome Day
It's Been A Long Old Lonesome Day
Cora Lee, Willie B, T. Boy, Beulah, Lurline, Scodder and Starvester, Study
Cora Lee, Willie B, T. Boy, Beulah, Lurline, Scodder and Starvester, Study
First Picking
First Picking
The Late Sis Pearlie Mae
The Late Sis Pearlie Mae
 Loading The Strawberries
Loading The Strawberries
Pals, Study
Pals, Study
Spring In Mablevale, Study
Spring In Mablevale, Study
Martha Beth And The Cats
Martha Beth And The Cats
Portrait Of My Mother
Portrait Of My Mother
lithograph, 15x10
1939
Old Letters
Old Letters
lithograph, 14x10.75
1940
 Preacher of the Holiness
Preacher of the Holiness
lithograph, 12.5x8.5
1940
Nostalgia
Nostalgia
lithograph, 12.75x9.25
1940
Sunday Group
Sunday Group
lithograph, 8.5x12.5
c. 1940
The Ingredients
The Ingredients
lithograph, 15x10.75
c. 1941
The Ghost, Study
The Ghost, Study
graphite on vellum, 31x24
1955
Playground Edge, Study
Playground Edge, Study
graphite on vellum, 22.5x30.25
1956
Day in December, Study
Day in December, Study
graphite on vellum, 18x24
1959
Tree In The Field
Tree In The Field
casein tempera on masonite, 24x34
1960
Consultation, Study
Consultation, Study
graphite on vellum, 27.5x39.5
1961
It's Been A Long Old Lonesome Day
It's Been A Long Old Lonesome Day
casein tempera on masonite, 26x40
1964
Cora Lee, Willie B, T. Boy, Beulah, Lurline, Scodder and Starvester, Study
Cora Lee, Willie B, T. Boy, Beulah, Lurline, Scodder and Starvester, Study
graphite on paper, 23x33.5
1967
First Picking
First Picking
acrylic on masonite, 17.5x48
1967
The Late Sis Pearlie Mae
The Late Sis Pearlie Mae
acrylic on masonite, 28x40
1970
 Loading The Strawberries
Loading The Strawberries
acrylic on masonite, 23x34
1971
Pals, Study
Pals, Study
graphite on vellum, 23x34
1973
Spring In Mablevale, Study
Spring In Mablevale, Study
graphite on vellum, 23x34
1974
Martha Beth And The Cats
Martha Beth And The Cats
acrylic on masonite, 27x39
1988