For some time I have suspected that forty years from now American collectors and museums will be searching for examples of Clarence Carter’s work. His canvases will be appreciated both as masterful demonstrations of the painterly art and high points of abstract surrealism.

There will always be a widespread interest in surrealism as one manner of reacting to physical phenomena. Granted, it will not constitute the major concern of art, but it will enjoy a permanent niche, if only because of the scintillating sidelight it throws upon human experience. Carter’s work, which constitutes some of the best surrealist painting done in America, compares favorably with the imaginary visions of Max Ernest, Matta, and Kay Sage. In the field of abstract surrealism, I believe that Carter stands pretty much at the head of the class. His vision is exceptionally pure, his technique is unsurpassed; such a union produces works of great visual impact and tactile delight.

He works in three styles, and his admirers seem about equally divided in their preferences. Over and Aboves for which he has been most noted, are tall canvases divided horizontally near the middle. The lower portion consists of a blank wall, resembling the side of an adobe house. Leering out from a background above the wall is some huge animal or bird, its chin often resting on top of the wall (one is a water buffalo, the other is a vulture). Some viewers find them particularly menacing, while others see them as evocative of the spirit of the animal kingdom. Effective they are: one man’s view of nature as perceived in a vision. They avoid the purely fanciful constructions of wildlife as seen in certain surrealist paintings and because of this, they might be criticized for showing a lack of imagination. Yet they are so forceful in their imagery that they command the viewer’s attention. They are very successful in conveying a sense of the mystery of animal life, and ought to be of increasing interest as we begin to grapple with the ecological problem of what man’s relationship to nature should be. In this respect they fulfill admirably one of the demands of surrealist art: by jolting our senses with a bright new vision of ordinary things, it prompts us to reconsider these things with new intellectual concepts. In this series, it is the surrealist half of abstract surrealism that dominates.

A Mandala consists of a series of superimposed, translucent egg-shapes floating in space and interlocking in both design and color. They are beautifully intricate and each comes to focus in a series of increasingly smaller shapes which end in a minute, brilliantly colored central image – out of which all the other forms seem to have expanded. Color is sovereign. First there is a huge expanse of background, usually in a subdued flat color; then the evanescent ovoid shapes in a complementary color; then the minute central core in a brilliant and contrasting hue; and finally, across the bottom, a broad band of an entirely new and vibrating color which seems to have been arbitrarily selected for its shock value. The result is a marvelous blend of harmonious movement, forward and backward oscillation of the forms, and vibrations of colors. There is something quite mysterious about these constructions. Although they represent the interaction of pure form and color, they do so in a way that captivates the imagination. In the dualism represented by the term “abstract surrealism,” these works stress the former. Their high imaginative content makes them more than mere abstractions, since they are infused with the mysteriousness that is essential to any good surrealist representation.

Transections represent the apex of Carter’s art. In unworldly landscapes, innumerable cells disappear into the far distance or move upward and outward into space without definition. In this way a non-finite universe is established. In each cell, or emerging form it, appears an egg-shaped form point down; these seem to be in upward motion, with a strong sense of having just been born. Because the visual imagery is so much more powerful than in the Mandalas, the colors can be more subdued. The total effect is quite powerful – an almost ideal bending of the abstract and the surreal.

To me, Transection #3; After Fra Angelico is one of the best paintings Carter has done. I saw it before it was titled and supposed that the coffin in the foreground had been taken from an early Renaissance painter such as Orcagna or Castagno. Then I remembered something Carter had once written – “I have always considered Giovanni di Paolo a great abstract surrealist painter” – and concluded that he had borrowed his central theme from this delightful Sienese. So I though to myself, What a felicitous borrowing. It fits the requirements perfectly. Only later did I discover that the coffin had come from a work by Fra Angelico.

If ever a painting superbly illustrated the essence of the Resurrection, it is this – with the empty coffin in the foreground, the endless crypts reaching into the distance, the marvelous scattering of graveyard slabs. The assembly of images alone would have this notable surrealist painting, but when the ascending ovoid shape is considered, the essential element of the Resurrection become one of Carter’s most memorable paintings, for it has that timeless quality which marks all great surrealist works.

More universal and less explicit, I believe, is Transection #8, 1970. The cell-like structures are very abstract, the horizon is infinite, the colors have no literary significance, and the emerging ovoid forms have a mysteriousness not evident in the preceding work. This is a tremendously satisfying painting, and the various elements coalesce in a remarkable way. The simplicity of design and execution makes it especially attractive, and it is perhaps one of Carter’s most balanced achievements in terms of striving for abstract/surrealist symbiosis.

The excellance of Carter’s work will be increasingly appreciated, I think as its consistently high quality is recognized. His paintings grow in depth without becoming more complex, and their surrealist implications seem constantly more relative. His works are never thin, either technically or emotionally, and I believe they are assured a long life. He once said, “For me no great art has ever existed without some mystery and some awe. It is that vast intangible, which can never be defined but only felt in a elusive way, that stirs the spirit.” Some of his paintings stir the spirit profoundly.

 

Exhibited:                 
Cleveland Arts & Crafts, 1927-39 (prizes)                  
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1929-44                  
Corcoran Gallery, 1930-49                  
Butler (Ohio) Institute of American Art (prizes, 1937, 1940, 1943, 1946)                  
Golden Gate Exposition, San Francisco, 1939                  
Carnegie Institute (prizes, 1941, 1943-44; solo 1940)                  
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia (solo 1957)                  
Allentown Art Museum (solo 1959)                  
de Young Memorial Museum                  
California Palace of the Legion of Honor                  
Whitney Museum of American Art                  
Art Institute of Chicago                  
Museum of Modern Art                  
Metropolitan Museum of Art                  
Brooklyn Museum                  
Dallas Museum of Fine Art                 
Cleveland Museum of Art                  
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts                  
Architectural League                  
American Artists for Victory                  
National Arts Club                 
Albright Art Gallery                  
Finley Gallery (solo)                  
Milwaukee Art Institute (solo 1934)                  
Suffolk Museum, Stony Brook, New York, (solo 1948)                  
Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Galleries, New York City                  
Detroit Art Institute                  
Toledo Museum of Art                  
Nebraska Art Association                  
W.R. Nelson Gallery of Art                  
Swope Gallery of Art                  
Cleveland Art Center, Cleveland, Ohio (solos 1929, 1948)                 
Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, New York (solos 1930, 1951, 1963)                 
Ferargil Galleries, New York (solos 1939, 1941)                  
Little Gallery, Cleveland College, Ohio (solo 1937)                  
Akron Art Institute, Akron, Ohio (solo 1940)                  
Canton Art Institute, Canton, Ohio (solo 1940)                  
Chautaugua Gallery of Art, Chautauqua, New York (solo 1943)                  
Findlay Galleries, Chicago, Illinois (solo 1945)                  
Grand Central Art Galleries, New York (solo 1947)                  
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota (solo 1949)                  
Allen R. Hite Art Institute, Univ. of Louisville, Kentucky (solo 1950)
U.S. Naval Reserve Training Center, Portsmouth, Ohio (solos 1950, 1952)                 
Art Club, St. Petersburg, Florida (solo 1952)                                                                            
Hendrik-Hobbelink-Kaastra Galleries, Palm Beach, Florida (solo 1957)                                                                                            
D'Arcy Galleries, New York (solo 1961)

 

Foreword ©1971 by James A. Michener. Reprinted by permission of the author in Clarence Holbrook Carter. Originally published in Arts Magazine, May 1971. 

Works by Clarence Holbrook Carter

The Lady of Shalott

The Lady of Shalott, 1927 Clarence Holbrook Carter

LaFonson's Pride

LaFonson's Pride, 1928 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Blonde

Blonde, 1932 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Mary Anne Moore

Mary Anne Moore, 1932 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Mathilde

Mathilde, 1935 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Still Life with Apples

Still Life with Apples, 1940 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Pensive Girl/Phyllis

Pensive Girl/Phyllis, 1941 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Riding the Surf

Riding the Surf, 1945 Clarence Holbrook Carter

The Bird Vendor of Caracas

The Bird Vendor of Caracas, 1946 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Young Farmer

Young Farmer, 1946 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Reveron's Ladies

Reveron's Ladies, 1946 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Macuto Mannequin

Macuto Mannequin, 1946 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Woman with Mantilla

Woman with Mantilla, 1948 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Weight of History

Weight of History, 1953 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Precarious Balance No. 2

Precarious Balance No. 2, 1960 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Seeing Egg

Seeing Egg Clarence Holbrook Carter

Departing from the System

Departing from the System, 1961 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Terror of History No.1

Terror of History No.1, 1962 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center, 1962 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Over and Above, No. 4

Over and Above, No. 4, 1963 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Over and Above No. 15

Over and Above No. 15, 1964 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Over and Above No. 17

Over and Above No. 17, 1965 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Air Chamber

Air Chamber, 1965 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Large White Egg Form

Large White Egg Form, 1965 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Balancing Act

Balancing Act, 1965 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Over and Above No. 8

Over and Above No. 8 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Icon Mandala

Icon Mandala, 1967 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Still Life

Still Life, 1968 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Caged

Caged, 1971 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Fault Lines

Fault Lines, 1971 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Mandala No. 1

Mandala No. 1, 1972 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Transection #15

Transection #15, 1972 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Icon Cruciferon

Icon Cruciferon, 1972 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Eschatos #16

Eschatos #16, 1973 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Following

Following, 1973 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Chimeras

Chimeras, 1974 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Eschatos

Eschatos, 1974 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Eschatos: Storming

Eschatos: Storming, 1976 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Transection with Perspective

Transection with Perspective, 1978 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Balancing Act

Balancing Act, 1978 Clarence Holbrook Carter

The Mayor

The Mayor, 1979 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Quadratic Collage

Quadratic Collage, 1979 Clarence Holbrook Carter

The Gold Coast

The Gold Coast, 1979 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Tears for Earth

Tears for Earth, 1979 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Peering

Peering, 1981 Clarence Holbrook Carter

The Flood

The Flood Clarence Holbrook Carter

Intrigue

Intrigue, 1982 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Rainbow Mandala

Rainbow Mandala, 1983 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Study for Sentinels

Study for Sentinels "B", 1985 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Haunted by Memories

Haunted by Memories, 1986 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Waterbury Monument

Waterbury Monument, 1990 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Eschatos #2

Eschatos #2, 1991 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Maze

Maze, 1991 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Coming Storm Over Roviano, Italy

Coming Storm Over Roviano, Italy, 1927 Clarence Holbrook Carter

The Buckling House

The Buckling House, 1928 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Siena Steps

Siena Steps, 1928 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Mule in a Landscape

Mule in a Landscape, 1928 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Monument to Kossuth

Monument to Kossuth, 1929 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Confederate Soldiers' Cemetery

Confederate Soldiers' Cemetery, 1929 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Sleeping Cat

Sleeping Cat, 1929 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Portrait of Mary

Portrait of Mary, 1930 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Portsmouth and Kentucky Hills

Portsmouth and Kentucky Hills, 1932 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Lemons and Jugs

Lemons and Jugs, 1933 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Dog Sleeping under a bed

Dog Sleeping under a bed, 1933 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Bombed Patterns

Bombed Patterns, 1943 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Petore, Venezuela

Petore, Venezuela, 1944 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Nude with White Drape

Nude with White Drape, 1945 Clarence Holbrook Carter

We Demand (Strike)

We Demand (Strike), 1946 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Armando Reveron

Armando Reveron, 1946 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Woman of Caracas

Woman of Caracas, 1946 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Squirrels in a Cage

Squirrels in a Cage, 1949 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Coal

Coal, 1956 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Happy Fish

Happy Fish, 1960 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Torso # 2

Torso # 2 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Pinnacle

Pinnacle Clarence Holbrook Carter

Double Egg Form with Blue and Black

Double Egg Form with Blue and Black Clarence Holbrook Carter

Female Form

Female Form, 1961 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Dichotomy

Dichotomy, 1962 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Projective No. 1

Projective No. 1, 1962 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Projective No. 3

Projective No. 3, 1962 Clarence Holbrook Carter

In and Out

In and Out, 1963 Clarence Holbrook Carter

People

People, 1964 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Seeing Egg II

Seeing Egg II, 1965 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Vetriculus Egg

Vetriculus Egg, 1965 Clarence Holbrook Carter

The Birth of Evil

The Birth of Evil, 1967 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Torso #5

Torso #5, 1967 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Torso #3

Torso #3, 1967 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Torso #4

Torso #4, 1967 Clarence Holbrook Carter

King Tut No. 2

King Tut No. 2, 1968 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Mandala #4

Mandala #4, 1968 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Mandala #5

Mandala #5 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Mandala No. 15

Mandala No. 15, 1969 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Green, Red and Black Mandala

Green, Red and Black Mandala, 1969 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Silver and Black Mandala

Silver and Black Mandala , 1969 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Sienna/Orange Mandala

Sienna/Orange Mandala, 1969 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Green Mandala

Green Mandala, 1969 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Yellow Mandala

Yellow Mandala, 1969 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Yellow Mandala

Yellow Mandala Clarence Holbrook Carter

Expanding Mandala

Expanding Mandala Clarence Holbrook Carter

Eggs with Reverberations

Eggs with Reverberations, 1970 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Green Orb II

Green Orb II Clarence Holbrook Carter

Eggs with Reverberations - Print

Eggs with Reverberations - Print, 1971 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Joseph and his Brothers

Joseph and his Brothers, 1971 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Chimera #1

Chimera #1, 1973 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Mandal No. 1 - Print

Mandal No. 1 - Print, 1973 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Over and Above: Lion

Over and Above: Lion, 1974 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Transection #11

Transection #11, 1975 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Green Orb I

Green Orb I, 1976 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Mandala 4

Mandala 4, 1977 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Pilgrimage #4

Pilgrimage #4, 1977 Clarence Holbrook Carter

The Burning Bush

The Burning Bush, 1977 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Pilgrimage #6

Pilgrimage #6, 1977 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Eschatos 23

Eschatos 23, 1977 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Sunset

Sunset, 1977 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Tulip

Tulip, 1977 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Eschatos 18

Eschatos 18, 1977 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Transection

Transection, 1978 Clarence Holbrook Carter

The Eye

The Eye, 1978 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Abstract Tulip

Abstract Tulip, 1978 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Ninth Hour

Ninth Hour, 1978 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Fiery Furnace

Fiery Furnace, 1978 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Country Road

Country Road, 1978 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Outside the Limits

Outside the Limits, 1979 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Up the Avenue

Up the Avenue, 1979 Clarence Holbrook Carter

The Clowns Making Up

The Clowns Making Up, 1979 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Highway

Highway, 1979 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Spring Landscape

Spring Landscape, 1979 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Watcher

Watcher, 1979 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Carousel by the Sea

Carousel by the Sea, 1979 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Eschatos 21

Eschatos 21, 1979 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Homestead

Homestead, 1979 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Transection with Architectural Forms

Transection with Architectural Forms Clarence Holbrook Carter

Maze

Maze, 1982 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Pulsating Strobe

Pulsating Strobe, 1983 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Maidenhead

Maidenhead Clarence Holbrook Carter

The Way Out

The Way Out, 1992 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Carousel, study

Carousel, study Clarence Holbrook Carter

Woman Spinning

Woman Spinning, 1927 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Standing Mother and Child, Italy

Standing Mother and Child, Italy Clarence Holbrook Carter

The Water Carrier - Anticoli Corrado II

The Water Carrier - Anticoli Corrado II Clarence Holbrook Carter

The Water Carrier - Anticoli Corrado I

The Water Carrier - Anticoli Corrado I Clarence Holbrook Carter

Nude Study

Nude Study Clarence Holbrook Carter

Siena

Siena , 1927 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Anticoli-Corrado, Italy II

Anticoli-Corrado, Italy II, 1927 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Mountains, Italy

Mountains, Italy, 1927 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Anticoli-Corrado, Italy: Mountains

Anticoli-Corrado, Italy: Mountains, 1927 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Donkey

Donkey, 1927 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Runner

Runner, 1927 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Mother and Child, Italy

Mother and Child, Italy, 1927 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Anticoli-Corrado, Italy I

Anticoli-Corrado, Italy I, 1927 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Anticoli-Corrado, Italy III

Anticoli-Corrado, Italy III, 1927 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Anticoli-Corrado, Italy IV

Anticoli-Corrado, Italy IV, 1927 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Anticoli-Corrado, Italy V

Anticoli-Corrado, Italy V, 1927 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Square and Fountain, Anticoli

Square and Fountain, Anticoli, 1927 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Picking Olives (Anticoli-Corrado)

Picking Olives (Anticoli-Corrado), 1927 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Picking Olives (Anticoli-Corrado) II

Picking Olives (Anticoli-Corrado) II, 1927 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Picking Olives (Anticoli-Corrado) III

Picking Olives (Anticoli-Corrado) III, 1927 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Picking Olives (Anticoli-Corrado) IV

Picking Olives (Anticoli-Corrado) IV, 1927 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Mother and Child

Mother and Child Clarence Holbrook Carter

Hat Display on the Rue Grammant, Paris, Study

Hat Display on the Rue Grammant, Paris, Study Clarence Holbrook Carter

Hat Display on the Rue Grammant, Paris II, Study

Hat Display on the Rue Grammant, Paris II, Study Clarence Holbrook Carter

Farmhouse and Car

Farmhouse and Car Clarence Holbrook Carter

Milliken Study, Bruges

Milliken Study, Bruges, 1928 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Study for Lafonson's Pride

Study for Lafonson's Pride, 1928 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Mary in Bed

Mary in Bed, 1929 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Diagrams of a House

Diagrams of a House Clarence Holbrook Carter

Sleeping Nude

Sleeping Nude, 1929 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Calla Lily

Calla Lily Clarence Holbrook Carter

Plant Study

Plant Study, 1930 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Sketch of Performing Seal

Sketch of Performing Seal Clarence Holbrook Carter

Two Girls, Headdress and Sombrero

Two Girls, Headdress and Sombrero Clarence Holbrook Carter

Native Man

Native Man Clarence Holbrook Carter

Circus Horses

Circus Horses Clarence Holbrook Carter

Marsha Swiss

Marsha Swiss Clarence Holbrook Carter

Nude Torso

Nude Torso Clarence Holbrook Carter

Ancient Egyptian Clay Tablet

Ancient Egyptian Clay Tablet Clarence Holbrook Carter

Roman Coin

Roman Coin Clarence Holbrook Carter

Harvesting near Gallipolis, Ohio

Harvesting near Gallipolis, Ohio, 1930 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Farming

Farming Clarence Holbrook Carter

Couples at Diner

Couples at Diner, 1930 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Ladies and Fisherman

Ladies and Fisherman Clarence Holbrook Carter

At the beach

At the beach Clarence Holbrook Carter

Café Scene

Café Scene, 1930 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Campers

Campers Clarence Holbrook Carter

Seated Nude No. 2

Seated Nude No. 2, 1930 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Warrior on a horse

Warrior on a horse Clarence Holbrook Carter

Sphinx, study

Sphinx, study, 1930 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Interior

Interior Clarence Holbrook Carter

Infant

Infant Clarence Holbrook Carter

Still Life and View to Sea

Still Life and View to Sea Clarence Holbrook Carter

Semi-Trucks

Semi-Trucks Clarence Holbrook Carter

Theodore Roosevelt in Pith Helmet

Theodore Roosevelt in Pith Helmet Clarence Holbrook Carter

Off in Space

Off in Space Clarence Holbrook Carter

Lake George Steamer

Lake George Steamer, 1931 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Figure of Autumn English, Bristol

Figure of Autumn English, Bristol, 1931 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Statue in Wade Park Lagoon

Statue in Wade Park Lagoon, 1931 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Sketch of Shiva Nataraja, Lord of the Dance, South Indian Bronze

Sketch of Shiva Nataraja, Lord of the Dance, South Indian Bronze, 1931 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Sketch of a Dancer

Sketch of a Dancer, 1931 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Indian or Cambodian Figures

Indian or Cambodian Figures, 1931 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Shiva

Shiva, 1931 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Cambodian Figure

Cambodian Figure, 1931 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Buddha Figure

Buddha Figure, 1931 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Boddhisatva

Boddhisatva, 1931 Clarence Holbrook Carter

African Woman

African Woman, 1931 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Moscow Icon, St. Demetrius of Thessalonika

Moscow Icon, St. Demetrius of Thessalonika, 1931 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Archaic Greek Kouros

Archaic Greek Kouros, 1931 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Near Eastern Head

Near Eastern Head, 1931 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Terra Cotta Figure from Magna Graecia

Terra Cotta Figure from Magna Graecia, 1931 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Classical Sculpture

Classical Sculpture, 1931 Clarence Holbrook Carter

South Asian Figure

South Asian Figure, 1931 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Peppino Mangravite

Peppino Mangravite, 1931 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Reclining Nude

Reclining Nude, 1931 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Nude

Nude, 1931 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Nude

Nude, 1931 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Venetian sketch

Venetian sketch, 1931 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Nude

Nude, 1931 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Summer Night

Summer Night, 1932 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Fence and Corn Crib, Chillicothe, Ohio

Fence and Corn Crib, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1932 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Reclining Nude

Reclining Nude, 1932 Clarence Holbrook Carter

3 Studies for

3 Studies for "Trapeze Artists", 1933 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Study for Mummers

Study for Mummers, 1933 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Jack Greitzer at the Palmer House, Chicago World's Fair

Jack Greitzer at the Palmer House, Chicago World's Fair, 1933 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Jack Greitzer and William M. Milliken

Jack Greitzer and William M. Milliken , 1933 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Recumbant Tiger

Recumbant Tiger, 1933 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Royal Bengal Tiger, India

Royal Bengal Tiger, India, 1933 Clarence Holbrook Carter

At Sea

At Sea, 1935 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Clarence Holbrook Carter - State Fair Side Show, Ventriloquist Act

Clarence Holbrook Carter - State Fair Side Show, Ventriloquist Act Clarence Holbrook Carter

Lake Superior Locks

Lake Superior Locks, 1935 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Standing Nudes

Standing Nudes, 1938 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Harbor with Flags

Harbor with Flags Clarence Holbrook Carter

Torso

Torso, 1940 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Figure and Tents

Figure and Tents Clarence Holbrook Carter

Harbor and ferries

Harbor and ferries Clarence Holbrook Carter

Torso

Torso, 1940 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Reclining Torso

Reclining Torso Clarence Holbrook Carter

Waiting for the Train

Waiting for the Train Clarence Holbrook Carter

Woman Gathering Coal, study for Jane Read and Dora Hunt

Woman Gathering Coal, study for Jane Read and Dora Hunt, 1941 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Standing Nude

Standing Nude, 1941 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Standing Torso

Standing Torso, 1941 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Box Car

Box Car, 1943 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Girl in Medieval Headwear

Girl in Medieval Headwear, 1943 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Market Place, Caracas, Venezuela

Market Place, Caracas, Venezuela, 1944 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Trinidad Island Scenes

Trinidad Island Scenes, 1944 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Balinese Bride

Balinese Bride, 1944 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Acrobat

Acrobat, 1946 Clarence Holbrook Carter

"Picking Oranges in Florida", 1946 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Ohio River Boat

Ohio River Boat, 1949 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Working in the Sun

Working in the Sun, 1949 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Orb with Green, Blue, Purple, and Gold

Orb with Green, Blue, Purple, and Gold Clarence Holbrook Carter

Angel

Angel Clarence Holbrook Carter

Figures on a Geometric Structure

Figures on a Geometric Structure Clarence Holbrook Carter

Crucifix

Crucifix Clarence Holbrook Carter

Powerlines I

Powerlines I Clarence Holbrook Carter

Powerlines II

Powerlines II Clarence Holbrook Carter

Communication

Communication, 1951 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Communications No. II

Communications No. II, 1951 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Yellow Geometries

Yellow Geometries, 1953 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Industrial Roller, Study for Industrial Bride

Industrial Roller, Study for Industrial Bride, 1953 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Manhattan View

Manhattan View, 1955 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Pipelines

Pipelines, 1955 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Volcano, Taormina

Volcano, Taormina, 1956 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Crucifix

Crucifix, 1957 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Viking book cover

Viking book cover, 1958 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Portrait of a Woman

Portrait of a Woman Clarence Holbrook Carter

Flag stripes I

Flag stripes I Clarence Holbrook Carter

Flag stripes II

Flag stripes II Clarence Holbrook Carter

Arrows and Faces

Arrows and Faces Clarence Holbrook Carter

Over and Above: Fish

Over and Above: Fish Clarence Holbrook Carter

Over and Above: Kangaroo

Over and Above: Kangaroo, 1960 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Study for Triptych

Study for Triptych Clarence Holbrook Carter

Floating Ovoid on Blue

Floating Ovoid on Blue Clarence Holbrook Carter

Neon Eggs

Neon Eggs Clarence Holbrook Carter

Transection in Red and Green

Transection in Red and Green Clarence Holbrook Carter

Red and Black Formation with Eggs

Red and Black Formation with Eggs Clarence Holbrook Carter

Transections

Transections Clarence Holbrook Carter

Lion Tamer

Lion Tamer Clarence Holbrook Carter

"There is Always a Division Divided" Clarence Holbrook Carter

Election (Kennedy)

Election (Kennedy), 1960 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Mother and Hydra

Mother and Hydra, 1960 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Ascension

Ascension, 1960 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Dichotomy Study

Dichotomy Study Clarence Holbrook Carter

Over and Above Figure in Helmet

Over and Above Figure in Helmet, 1960 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Volcano and arch, Taormina

Volcano and arch, Taormina, 1961 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Volcanic Eruption

Volcanic Eruption Clarence Holbrook Carter

Sun

Sun Clarence Holbrook Carter

Ghost Figure

Ghost Figure Clarence Holbrook Carter

Monument No. 2

Monument No. 2, 1962 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Planting Tobacco

Planting Tobacco, 1962 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Highway sketchcard

Highway sketchcard, 1962 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Architectural Sketches

Architectural Sketches, 1962 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Architectural Sketches

Architectural Sketches, 1962 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Study for Dichotomy

Study for Dichotomy, 1962 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Big Cat

Big Cat, 1963 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Over and Above Sketches

Over and Above Sketches, 1963 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Biomorphic Form on Egg (Rebirth of Egg)

Biomorphic Form on Egg (Rebirth of Egg), 1963 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Device

Device, 1963 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Gear

Gear, 1964 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Two white eggs

Two white eggs, 1965 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Egg with Eye

Egg with Eye, 1965 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Grey Eggs

Grey Eggs, 1965 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Geometric Composition with Egg Forms

Geometric Composition with Egg Forms Clarence Holbrook Carter

Study for Air Chamber

Study for Air Chamber , 1965 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Tarantula

Tarantula, 1965 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Conch Shell

Conch Shell Clarence Holbrook Carter

Over and Above Surprise (serpent)

Over and Above Surprise (serpent), 1967 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Flaming Mandala

Flaming Mandala Clarence Holbrook Carter

Vetriculus

Vetriculus, 1970 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Neon Kaleidoscope

Neon Kaleidoscope, 1970 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Egg and Heart

Egg and Heart Clarence Holbrook Carter

Ascending Eggs

Ascending Eggs, 1970 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Balance

Balance Clarence Holbrook Carter

Transection sketch

Transection sketch, 1970 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Deer

Deer Clarence Holbrook Carter

Chimera #6

Chimera #6, 1973 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Pappy (Gorilla Over and Above study)

Pappy (Gorilla Over and Above study) Clarence Holbrook Carter

In Glory

In Glory, 1973 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Transection #24 after Perugino

Transection #24 after Perugino, 1975 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Study for Transection #26

Study for Transection #26, 1976 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Transections: Crypts

Transections: Crypts, 1976 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Theater Mandala

Theater Mandala, 1977 Clarence Holbrook Carter

David and Bathsheba

David and Bathsheba, 1979 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Untitled

Untitled, 1979 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Susanna and the Elders

Susanna and the Elders, 1979 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Worlds Beyond, Study

Worlds Beyond, Study , 1980 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Visitation

Visitation, 1980 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Maze Study

Maze Study, 1982 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Study for Twin Towers

Study for Twin Towers, 1984 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Untitled

Untitled, 1985 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Ghosts

Ghosts, 1986 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Untitled

Untitled Clarence Holbrook Carter

Transection, unfinished drawing

Transection, unfinished drawing, 1986 Clarence Holbrook Carter

The Visitor, No.1

The Visitor, No.1, 1986 Clarence Holbrook Carter

The Visitor, Study No.2

The Visitor, Study No.2, 1986 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Balcony

Balcony, 1986 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Apocalyptic Scene

Apocalyptic Scene, 1989 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Oversight

Oversight, 1989 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Spiral Staircase

Spiral Staircase Clarence Holbrook Carter

Transection with Stairs

Transection with Stairs, 1990 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Fire Mandala

Fire Mandala, 1991 Clarence Holbrook Carter

The Chain of Being

The Chain of Being, 1993 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Foiled Composition

Foiled Composition, 1993 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Pair of Charcoal Drawings (Standing Nude, Leaning Nude)

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Pair of Charcoal Drawings (Standing Nude, Leaning Nude) Clarence Holbrook Carter

Market Scene, Italy

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Market Scene, Italy , 1927 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Chemung Valley, New York

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Chemung Valley, New York, 1929 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Winter Harvest

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Winter Harvest Clarence Holbrook Carter

Winter Cornfield

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Winter Cornfield Clarence Holbrook Carter

Evening Woods

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Evening Woods Clarence Holbrook Carter

Winter Sunflower

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Winter Sunflower Clarence Holbrook Carter

Sphinx

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Sphinx Clarence Holbrook Carter

Model Tobacco (Landscape with Rundown Barn)

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Model Tobacco (Landscape with Rundown Barn), 1941 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Office Files and City View

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Office Files and City View Clarence Holbrook Carter

Crow Scarecrow

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Crow Scarecrow, 1951 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Over and Above: Parrot

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Over and Above: Parrot Clarence Holbrook Carter

Fall Serenity, Lukewarm

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Fall Serenity, Lukewarm Clarence Holbrook Carter

Day's Catch

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Day's Catch , 1961 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Fisherman

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Fisherman, 1961 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Guardian Angel

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Guardian Angel, 1962 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Dichotomy II

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Dichotomy II, 1962 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Construction, Torso

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Construction, Torso, 1964 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Construction, Box

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Construction, Box, 1964 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Over and Above No. 13

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Over and Above No. 13, 1964 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Torso, Black and White

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Torso, Black and White, 1964 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Nun

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Nun, 1965 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Transection with Red Heart

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Transection with Red Heart, 1972 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Rose Mandala

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Rose Mandala, 1975 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Transection

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Transection, 1975 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Release

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Release, 1980 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Transection

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Transection, 1991 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Torso

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Torso Clarence Holbrook Carter

Torso #1

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Torso #1, 1967 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Forms Capri

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Forms Capri, 1927 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Anticoli-Corrado, Italy VI

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Anticoli-Corrado, Italy VI, 1927 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Vittorio Pagano Terrace, Capri, Italy

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Vittorio Pagano Terrace, Capri, Italy, 1927 Clarence Holbrook Carter

The Plumed Hat

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The Plumed Hat, 1930 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Outside Cleveland

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Outside Cleveland, 1933 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Nude Forward Thrust #76

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Nude Forward Thrust #76, 1936 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Ohio River Flood of 1937

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Ohio River Flood of 1937, 1937 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Sketch for Washington Cover

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Sketch for Washington Cover Clarence Holbrook Carter

Girls in Washington DC

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Girls in Washington DC Clarence Holbrook Carter

Washington

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Washington Clarence Holbrook Carter

Washington Monument

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Washington Monument Clarence Holbrook Carter

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"I Lost My Head Over Something" Clarence Holbrook Carter

Study for Fisherman

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Study for Fisherman, 1961 Clarence Holbrook Carter

Roaring Lion, finished study

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Roaring Lion, finished study Clarence Holbrook Carter

Transection Study, 1981

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Transection Study, 1981, 1981 Clarence Holbrook Carter