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Paul Chidlaw Abstract Expressionist Ink and Watercolor Painting

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Paul Chidlaw (Cincinnati, Ohio, 1900 – 1989)
Untitled (abstract composition), late 20th century
Ink and watercolor on paper
Stamp from the estate of Madge Chidlaw (wife of Paul Chidlaw) to verso

Paul Chidlaw, an early proponent of abstract expressionism, had a long and distinguished career in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was born in Cleves, Ohio, and studied at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. In 1927, after working as a commercial artist for several years, he left for Europe where he worked, traveled, and studied, including a period at L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Fontainebleau. After returning to Cincinnati in 1935, he painted several commissions for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and served in the US Army Corps of Engineers during WWII before settling into a long teaching career at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. There he was known for his modernist aesthetic and mentored many students including notable American Pop artists Jim Dine and Tom Wesselmann. In fact, he was so revered that the institution named the Chidlaw Gallery after him in 1986. Chidlaw’s work resides at the Cincinnati Art Museum, Xavier University, and in many private collections.

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- light toning to paper; scratches and abrasions to frame.


13.25" W x 11.25" H x 1.25" D

- frame measurement; 7.5"W x 4.5"H visible measurement.

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