Item #AT-0349

"A Breezy Day" Oil on Canvas by Clara J. Taggert McChesney (1860-1928)


"A Breezy Day" by Clara J. Taggert McChesney (1860-1928) Oil on canvas, impressionist coastal landscape with silhouettes of sailboats in the background, set against a pastel sky with
pastel white capped waters gently caressing a conforming beach.
Presented in a glorious art nouveau style frame with foliate corner motifs.
Bears gilt wood plaque lower center.
Signed lower right.
An old invitation on verso from National Women Painters & Sculptors at Arlington Gallery, Madison Ave, 1917.
In addition, a color copy label with title A Breezy Day, artist name, Hotel Chelsea.

Canvas:24" x 30"

Frame: 32" x 37 3/4"

Clara J. Taggert McChesney was born in Brownsville, CA in 1860. The McChesney family settled in Oakland when Clara was a child. Her father, Joseph B. McChesney, was principal of Oakland High School.

Opting for an art career, she studied in San Francisco at the School of Design under Virgil Williams, in New York at Gotham Art School under Mowbray and Beckwith, and in Paris at Académie Colarossi under Girardot and Courtois. Although most of her career was spent in NYC, she made trips to California to visit the family. She died in London, England on Aug. 6, 1928. Working in watercolor and oil, her subjects often include children.

Member: National Arts Club (New York City); Carmel AA; NY WC Club; American WC Society; Lyceum Club (London).

Exh: San Francisco Art Association, 1884-1914; Mechanics Inst. (SF), 1884-89; World's Columbian Expo (Chicago), 1893 (two gold medals); Calif. Midwinter Int'l Expo, 1894; National Academy of Design (New York City), 1894 (Dodge prize), 1901 (Hallgarten prize); Paris Salon, 1896, 1898 (medals); Philadelphia Art Club, 1900 (gold medal); Paris Expo, 1900; Pan American Expo (Buffalo), 1901 (medal); Louisiana Purchase Expo (St Louis), 1904 (bronze medal); Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915.

Works Held in Public Places: National Museum of American Art (Washington D.C.); Boston Art Club; National Arts Club (New York City); State Capitol (Sacramento).