Artist Biography

Clark HOBART
1868 - 1948

Clark Hobart was born in Rockford, Illinois (his death record states Seattle, Washington) in 1868. He 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 Art Students League in New York City under Blum and Bridgman and completed his art training in Paris. Returning to the United States, he worked in New York City (1903-11) as art editor for the Burr-McIntosh magazine before moving to Monterey, California in 1911. The turning point in his career came in 1915 at the Panama Pacific International Exposition. 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 C├ęzanne, 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 February 23, 1948. Member: San Francisco Art Ass'n; Bohemian Club; California Society of Etchers (vice-president, 1920). Exhibited: California Society of Etchers; Del Monte Gallery (Monterey), 1912-13; California Artists, Golden Gate Park Museum, 1915; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1915, 1918; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1915; Kennedy Galleries (New York City), 1916; New York Architectural League, 1916; National Academy of Design, 1916; California Liberty Fair, 1918 (first prize); San Francisco Art Ass'n, 1918 (Crocker prize), 1921 (first prize, 1922 (gold medal); Western Ass'n of Art Museum Directors, 1922; Bohemian Club, 1923 (solo), 1929; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939; Oakland Museum, 1981. Works held: De Young Museum; San Francisco Museum of Art; Bohemian Club; Mills College (Oakland); Oakland Museum; Salinas High School; Nevada Museum (Reno); Monterey Peninsula Museum; California Historical Society.

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