A native Californian (born in Auburn), Clarence Hinkle received an extensive arts education at the San Francisco Art Association, at the Arts Students League in New York, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and in Holland and France. After returning to the United States, he lived in San Francisco for several years before relocated to Los Angeles in 1917. A respected painter and teacher, he was an instructor of drawing and painting at the Chouinard School of Art. During the summer of 1922 he taught painting classes in Laguna Beach and had a studio and home there until 1935 when he moved to Santa Barbara.
Although his early works were strongly influenced by French Impressionism, beginning in the 1920s Hinkle developed a more modernist style, a result of the influence of both Post-Impressionism and Cubism.
Oil on canvas, 1927
30 x 36 1/4 inches
Gift of Mabel Hinkle