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Spring - An Important 1913 Armory Show Unique Bronze

Origin United States, New York
Period 1900-1919
Materials Unique Bronze. Documented in the Roman Bronze Works Archive at the Amon Carter Museum.
Dimensions
W. 6.5 in; H. 13.25 in;
W. 16.51 cm; H. 33.66 cm;
Condition Excellent. Original, with good patina.
Creation Date 1912
Description John Frederick Mowbray-Clarke was born in Jamaica in 1869 and educated at the influential Lambeth School of Art (now the City and Guilds) in London, England. After moving to the United States, Mowbray-Clarke studied at the Art Students League where he met his future wife, Mary Horgan, and befriended A.B. Davies, who was to become one of “The Eight” and the leader of the Armory Show. Mary claimed A.B. Davies was her first love, but she chose to marry John, however the Mowbray-Clarkes remained close friends with the Davies and his family all their lives. There can be little doubt that this connection introduced the group of young friends to Rockland County. In 1907, they moved near Rockland Lake, which adjoined Davies Farm and had become an arts community after the collapse of the ice harvesting business. Later, John built them a house in nearby Pomona, New York. From their home in Rockland County, the Mowbray-Clarkes were involved in a wide range of projects that promoted the arts locally and nationally and brought together great creative minds in the county.
As the vice president and a charter member of the Association of American Painters and Sculptors Inc., Mowbray-Clarke helped to organize the 1913 Armory Show. He also exhibited 11 works in the show, including a small bronze entitled 'Spring' which shows close affinity to A.B. Davies’ romantic symbolism.
Mowbray-Clarke’s involvement in the organization of the show and his contribution of works attest to his importance as a sculptor In addition to the Armory Show, Mowbray-Clarke also made a considerable effort in creating cast sculptures for his one-man show at the Kervorkian Gallery. The forward for this catalog was by his friend, Ananda Coomaraswamy, who was very much a part of this ‘salon’. In addition to sculpture, John Mowbray-Clarke also specialized in medals. John D. Rockefeller commissioned Mowbray-Clarke to design a bronze, Victory Golf Medal, to be awarded at competitions that took place in 1918 to raise money for United War Workers.
Mowbray-Clarke’s talented wife Mary was an intellectual, philosophical anarchist, landscape architect, art critic, art instructor, and painter. From 1915 to 1925, she co-owned, with Madge Jenison, the avant-garde bookshop and art store, The Sunwise Turn in New York City, which later appeared to serve as a model for the famous Parisian literary hangout Shakespeare and Co.
The Sunwise Turn became a lively gathering place for artists, poets, and intellectuals promoting debate and exchange of ideas through informal discussions, lectures and exhibitions. On the weekends the Mowbray-Clarkes home became a calm country salon for these advanced thinkers. Mary’s first intern at the shop was Peggy Guggenheim, who would later become one of the most influential American avant-garde art collectors of the 20th century.
Exhibited:
The Armory Show at 100: Modernism and Revolution – October 15, 2013
Painters and Paintings of Rockland County: The Hopper Years .
The Edward Hopper House Art Center - Nyack, New York February 22, 2014 - March 1, 2014
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Styles / Movements Art Deco, Modern
Book References The Armory Show at 100: Modernism and Revolution Hardcover – October 15, 2013 by Marilyn S. Kushner (Author), Kimberly Orcutt (Author), Casey Blake (Author)
Catalog References The Armory Show at 100: Modernism and Revolution, Hardcover – October 15, 2013
Article References Painters and Paintings of Rockland County: The Hopper Years The Edward Hopper House Art Center - Nyack, New York February 22, 2014 - March 1, 2014
Dealer Reference Number IC126
Incollect Reference Number 196076
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