The Coffee House

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

Winter 1905/6

Artist:

Alson Skinner Clark
American, 1876–1949

About this artwork

In The Coffee House, Alson Skinner Clark painted Chicago on a winter day, with ice floating down the river and the city’s skyscrapers looming through smoke and fog. The State Street Bridge, with its characteristic curving ironwork, draws the viewer’s eye into the picture. Clark’s scene is in the tradition of
the urban realism of the French Impressionists, recalling such pictures as Claude Monet’s Arrival of the Normandy Train, Gare Saint-Lazare (1877; the Art Institute of Chicago). Like Monet, Clark sought to suggest both the ephemeral nature of fog and smoke and the atmosphere’s effect upon the forms of the city.

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American Art

Artist

Alson Skinner Clark

Title

The Coffee House

Origin

United States

Date

1905–1906

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

signed: A.S. Clark

Dimensions

96.5 × 76.2 cm (38 × 30 in.)

Credit Line

Gift in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Alson E. Clark

Reference Number

1915.256

Extended information about this artwork

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