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Portrait of a Girl Reading
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Ben Uri Collection

Portrait of a Girl Reading 1946

Clara Klinghoffer (1900–1970)

Ben Uri Collection

Painter, printmaker and draughtsman, born near Lemberg, Austria. She grew up and studied in London, having her first one-man show at 19, which was a triumph. She studied at Slade School of Fine Art and Central School of Arts and Crafts and in the late 1920s married the writer J W F Stoppelman. She went on to show widely through Britain, the continent and North America, living latterly in London and New York. Klinghoffer was noted for her portraits, especially of children, and was a masterly draughtsman, in the Old Master tradition. Jacob Epstein considered her “an artist of great talent, a painter of the first order … in the very first rank of draughtsmen in the world.” Venues showing her work included RA, Belgrave Gallery, NEAC and Venice Biennale.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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