Smoldering Fires

Clarence Holbrook Carter (AMerican, 1904 - 2000)

1941. Oil on canvas, 45 x 36". 2000.001

A leading American Scene painter during the 1930s and 1940s, Clarence Carter was also a landscape and portrait painter who was accomplished in both oil and watercolor. He belonged to a generation of American artists deeply influenced by George Bellows and the artists of the Ashcan school and by their passion for painting the America they knew personally. Carter painted this monument-like image of an Appalachian mother and child outside Pittsburgh in 1941. The title refers to the burning slag heaps in the background.

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