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Image of Chinese Restaurant in San Francisco

Charles Shepard Chapman (aka Charles S. Chapman)
American, 1879–1962

Chinese Restaurant in San Francisco

Object Type: Painting
Creation Place: North America, American
10 1/2 in. x 10 in. (26.67 cm x 25.4 cm)
Medium and Support: Oil on wood panel
Accession Number: 1994.0001.0004

Credit Line: Gift of the Estate of James L. Whitehead and Elliott P. Ellis

Chapman is predominantly known for his luxuriant landscapes of northern New York and Canada, painted in a realist style. "Chinese Restaurant" is apparently atypical for the artist, created using a dynamic and painterly mode, which, in the screen at the back of the composition, approaches abstraction. He was named an academician of the National Academy of Design in 1926, certifying him as an artist of ability as well as professional stature. Over the years, Chapman won a number of awards and exhibited at various institutions including: the Salmagundi Club, the Corcoran Gallery, National Academy of Design, Art Institute of Chicago, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Chapman was an illustrator and illustrated a number of books including works by western author Zane Grey. He also established a school of illustration in Leonia with fellow artist Harvey Dunn.

American Paintings from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, cat. no. 59. p. 150.

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