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Eliot Candee Clark
Smoke Plumes of Savannah
c. 1924 - 1925
oil on academy board
Canvas: 23 7/16 × 28 1/2 inches (59.5 × 72.4 cm)Framed: 28 5/16 × 33 7/16 × 1 1/2 inches (71.9 × 84.9 × 3.8 cm)
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Gift of Mary Lane Morrison.
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Noted American tonalist and impressionist painter Eliot Candee Clark was a native of New York, and began exhibiting his paintings professionally at the National Academy of Design when he was only seventeen. He began to teach at the Art Students League in 1920, and was invited by the Savannah Art Club to spend the winters of 1924 and 1925 teaching in Savannah. Clark produced about twenty paintings of Savannah during his time here, focused primarily on the river at twilight and at night. Here, Clark presents a view of the city’s riverfront looking eastward, toward cotton warehouses on the left and smokestacks on the right. This hazy, industrial scene is a far cry from the tourist-crowded riverfront of today.