Sep 082014

Mrs. Clara Schafer Thorward, who was born in South Bend, Indiana, in 1887, lived and worked mainly in New York and Arizona.

Thorward was a painter, etcher and teacher who studied at the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC), the Cleveland School of Art, the Art Students League in New York, the Thurn School of Modern Art, and with Hans Hofmann (1880-1966) and Henry Keller (1869-1949).


This black and white postcard (date unknown – ca 1940s?) depicts a watercolor of Lake Chapala by Clara Thorward.

Her painting style ranged from realist to abstract; her works won numerous prizes and were widely exhibited, including at the Cleveland Museum of Art; Art League of Northern Indiana; Salons of America (1934); Montclair Art Museum; Ringling Art Museum; Hoosier salon; Lock Gallery, Sarasota; Morton Gallery, New York City; Plaza Hotel, New York City; Witte Memorial Museum; Palace of Fine Arts, Mexico City; Academy of Fine Arts, Guatemala; International Club, San Salvador; Oklahoma Art Club; and the National League of American Pen Women.

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