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MERTON CLIVETTE • (1868-1931)

American Expressionist


        Studio of Clivette, Greenwich Village, 1921      Clivette, wife Catherine & daughter Juanyta, 1921


 Born: Portage, Wisconsin, USA, 1868;

 Named: Merton Clive Cook, changed his name to Clivette, 1868

 Died: New York, New York, USA 1931

1876-1886: Self taught (reading, writing, drawing) in mother's newspaper office. He later joined a traveling circus, worked as an acrobat and magician's helper. Met Frederick Remington. Sketched the crowds

1886-1906: Moved to San Francisco and briefly lived in Seattle. He worked for newspapers as a quick sketch artist. He married Catherine Parker Chamberlin. Merton started a vaudeville troop where he performed as a magician. He toured Europe and America on the Orpheum Circuit. He later met Rodin and other European artists

1906-1931: He moved to New York City, residing in Greenwich Village. Studied at the Art Students League with John La Farge, William Merritt Chase and John Henry Twachtman. He painted full-time and was the owner of the famed "Bazaar de Junk" located at Number One Sheridan Square.     


1923: Ainslie Art Galleries, New York, N.Y.

1925: Spanish Society, New York, N.Y.; Two Person Exhibition (review)

1926: New Gallery, New York, N.Y.

1927: The Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA; M.M. Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, France (catalogue & review); Society of Independent Artists, Waldorf-Astoria, New York, N.Y., 11th Annual Exhibition, (catalogue & review); The New Gallery, New York, N.Y. (reviews)

1928: Palace of Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA. A collection of 15 of paintings were on display at the Palace.

1928: Milwaukee Journal Gallery of Wisconsin Art, Milwaukee, WI; Ainslie Galleries, Fisher Building, Detroit, MI (catalogue & review); Speed Memorial Gallery, Louisville, KY

1929: Art Center, New York, NY, Gustave Nassauer's Collection of Paintings by Clivette; Brooklyn Museum, Exhibition of Watercolor Paintings, Pastels & Drawings by American & European Artists (catalogue); Corona Mundi International Art Center of the Roerich Museum, New York, Exhibition of Modern Art from the Collection of George Hellman; Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, CA; The Anderson Galleries, New York, N.Y., Spring Salon (catalogue) 

1930: 100 Central Park South, New York, N.Y., Collection of Gustave Nassauer (catalogue & review)

1930: Art Center, New York, N.Y.; Museum of Modern Art, New York, N.Y., Paintings and Sculpture by Living Americans (catalogue)

1931: The Los Angeles Museum, Los Angeles, CA, Ten paintings by the late Merton Clivette hung in a gallery beyond the Preston Harrison French Collection.

1932: Anderson Galleries, New York, N.Y., Notable Paintings & Drawings Chiefly of the Modern School (catalogue)

1934: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, The Horse in 20th Century Art (review)

1934: The Los Angeles Museum, Los Angeles, CA. Included in a show with drawings of Chinatown by John Wardman and paintings by Rex Slinkard.

1935: Contemporary Arts, New York, NY; Collection of Burton Emmett

1993: Denenberg Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2004: CaliforniaView Fine Arts, Los Gatos, CA;

2005: CaliforniaView Fine Arts, Los Gatos, CA; Continuing Exhibition

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