Class of Winter 1929

Clarence Hinkle
b. Auburn, California, 1880
d. Santa Barbara, California, 1960
Quiet Pose, c. 1918
Oil on canvas
36 x 30 inches

When he painted Quiet Pose, Clarence Hinkle had recently moved to Los Angeles from San Francisco; his studio was near the Los Angeles School of Art and Design, where he taught life classes. A year later, in June 1918, he exhibited for the first time in Los Angeles, in the California Art Club's Spring Exhibition. Quiet Pose, one of two paintings he showed in that exhibition, depicts a young woman serenely reading with a small book open in her lap. The setting is a shady corner of a garden loosely rendered in blue, green, and white strokes of color, filled with dappled sunlight and infused with a sense of peace and repose. It is a testament to GHS's importance in the art community that Hinkle let one of his popular figurative paintings go to the school.

GIFTED: Collecting the Art of California at Gardena High School, 1919-1956 is organized by the GHS Art Collection, Inc, in association with the Gardena High School Student Body and curated by Susan M. Anderson.