Abstract Tree

Abstract Tree
Abstract Tree, signature
Inventory
Collection Number: 
17173
Building: 
Current Location: 
Cafe
Floor: 
1st
Object Description
Artist Dates: 
1869-1949
Artist Nationality: 
Americam
Object Type: 
Details: 
Dated 1942, this oil painting depicts a fall landscape scene with a row of trees and a river flowing beneath a bridge.
Framed: 
Yes
No
Length: 
27 inches
Width: 
1 inch
Height: 
32 inches
Description: 

Clarence E. Shepard was born in Cortland, New York and grew up in Clay Center, Kansas. He began his study of architecture at the University of Berkeley in the 1890s and then moved to Chicago to work in the studio of Frank Lloyd Wright. After the birth of his daughter, Shepard moved his family to Kansas City where he practiced architecture. In his career as an architect, he designed over six hundred homes in Kansas City, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Minneapolis as well as churches.

In addition to being an architect, Shepard was also fond of the arts with painting and Native American basketry his primary focus. To earn an income while going to school, he traveled to California and purchased baskets for the Field Museum. It is his paintings that are of interest in the library collection.

"Abstract Tree" is a very good example of Shepard's subject matter. Landscapes, particularly autumn scenes, play the central role in many of his works. This painting depicts a row of trees running alongside a river. Architecture never far away, Shepard includes a triple arched bridge on the horizon giving a place for the river to flow. He uses russet tones to accent the feeling of autumn with hues and shades of blue, yellow, green, red, and purple. The painting is signed in red paint along the lower left side and dated 1942, just seven years before his death.

Reproduce the Work in Library publications/publicity, including film or videotape: 
Yes
Make slides or videotapes for educational use: 
Yes
Permit the general public to photograph the work : 
Yes