Home > Art History, Chicago, Uncategorized > The Coffee House by Alson Skinner Clark

The Coffee House by Alson Skinner Clark

I took some photographs and close up shots of this painting of Chicago, which is just perfect to enjoy this time of year.  The artist captured the effects of the weather wonderfully.  It hangs in a less frequented corner of the American collection snuggled in with the Craftsman and Prairie style works.



The Coffee House by Alson Skinner Clark [1876-1949] oil on canvas, 38″ x 30″ [96.5 x 76.2 cm], winter 1905-1906

From the museum catalog:

In The Coffee House, Alson Skinner Clark painted Chicago on a winter day, with ice floating down the river and the city’s skyscrapers looming through smoke and fog. The State Street bridge, with its characteristic curving ironwork, draws the viewer’s eye into the picture. Clark’s scene is in the tradition of the urban realism of the French Impressionists, recalling such pictures as Claude Monet’s Arrival of the Normandy Train, Gare Saint-Lazare (1877; Art Institute of Chicago). Like Monet, Clarke sought to suggest both the ephemeral nature of fog and smoke and the atmosphere’s effect upon the forms of the city.






  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: