lunedì 18 luglio 2016

Manon Cleary (November 14, 1942 – November 26, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri)

Manon Cleary

Manon Cleary (November 14, 1942 – November 26, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri) was an American realist painter who worked and lived in the District of Columbia.
Cleary was born in St. Louis, Missouri; she had an identical twin sister, Shirley Cleary-Cooper, who is also an artist. After studying in Rome where she developed an interest in Caravaggio, Cleary studied at Washington University in St. Louis and Temple University. She settled in Washington, D.C., in 1974 and taught at the University of the District of Columbia for thirty years. In 2001, she married F. Steven Kijek.
Cleary's works have been exhibited worldwide including in a solo ten-year retrospective at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1985 and in 2006 in a career retrospective at the Washington Arts Museum at Edison Place. In 1997, one of her paintings at an erotic art auction was featured on an episode of HBO's Real Sex.
Cleary had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and died at her home in Washington, D.C. She was 69.

 
Grandma Napping
1966, watercolor on paper. 20 x 24 inches. Estate of Manon Cleary.

 Woman Model
1966, oil on canvas. 24 x 24 inches. Estate of Manon Cleary.

 I'm Old Enough Enough To Leave Home Now Mommie
 1960s acrylic on canvas.

 
Ave Mamma Rome
1960s, acrylic on canvas. 

Untitled
1970s, graphite on paper.


Self-portrait 
1972
graphite on paper.

Idol 
1969
acrylic on canvas. 50 x 45 inches. Estate of Manon Cleary
 Afternoon in a Yellow Box 
 1967
acrylic on canvas. 44 x 44 inches. 
 Juicer
1969
acrylic on canvas. 36 x 36 inches. Private collection.
Headlights 
1970
acrylic on canvas. Collection fo the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
Flying Machine  
1971
acrylic on canvas.
Iron
1971-1972
acrylic on canvas. 69 x 49 inches. Estate of Manon Cleary.


Pear 
1970
acrylic on canvas. 24 x 24 inches.

 Seed 
1970
acrylic on canvas. 30 x 30 inches.

 American Apple Landscape 
 1970
acrylic on canvas. 46 x 46 inches.

 Self Portrait with Randy
1970s, graphite on paper. Estate of Manon Cleary.

 Ring Around Inez Rae
1970s, oil on canvas. Private collection.

Gene II
1974, graphite on paper. 36 x 29 inches. Estate of Manon Cleary.

Self Portrait with Randy
1974, graphite on paper. Private collection.

 Aloysius Besides a Victorian Chair
1976-1977, oil on canvas. 40 x 70 inches. Collection of Peter and Bernis von zur Muehlen.

Self Portrait with Randy
1977, graphite on paper. 39 x 27 inches. Estate of Manon Cleary
 
Randy
1977, oil on canvas. Private collection.
 

 
Self Portrait
1978, graphite on rag paper. 29 x 23 inches. Estate of Manon Cleary.

 Big J
1979. oil on canvas. Private collection.

Ramon After Lunch
1979, oil on canvas.30 x 70 inches. Collection the Katzen Arts Center at American University, Washington, DC.

Randy with Rats
1979, oil on canvas. 36.5 x 36.5 inches. Estate of Manon Cleary.



 Self Portrait
1980s, graphite on paper. Private collecti
 Movement Series #(?)
1980s, graphite on paper.

 Self Portrait #6 of Movement Series
1980s, graphite on paper. 23 x 29 inches. Private collection.

Movement Series #7
1980, graphite on rag paper. 23 x29 inches. Private collection.

 Mystery Series Study
1980s, gouache on rag paper. Private collection.

 Self-portrait
1981, oil on canvas. 35.5 x 47.5 inches. Estate of Manon Cleary.

 Mystery Series #(?)
1985, oil on canvas. Private collection.

Mystery Series #4
1987, oil on canvas. 60 x 40 inches. Estate of Manon Cleary.

 Mystery Series #5
1987, oil on canvas. 50 x 41 inches. Courtesy of Steve Krensky.


 Steve’s Manon
1988, graphite on paper. 21 x 27. Estate of Manon Cleary.

 Mystery Series #2
1988, oil on canvas 60 x 48. Courtesy of Steve Krensky. Photo © F. Steven Kijek.

 Mystery Series #3a
1988, oil on canvas. 50 x 41 inches. Estate of Manon Cleary.

 Self Portrait (nude across a bed)
1993, graphite on paper. 23 x 29 inches. Private collection.

 Movement Series #15
1994, graphite on paper. 23 x 29. Private collection.


Movement Series #(?)
1984, graphite on paper. 23 x 29. Private collection.

 Movement Series #4
1984, graphite on paper. 23 x 29. Private collection.

 Rape Series
1990s, acrylic on canvas. Estate of Manon Cleary.

 Rape Series
1990s, acrylic on canvas. 12 x 10 inches. Estate of Manon Cleary.

 Jim
1994, oil on canvas. 8 x 12 inches. Estate of Manon Cleary.

 Nude
1994, graphite on rag paper. 23 x 29 inches. Estate of Manon Cleary.

 
Man in Plastic Bag #8
1996, graphite on paper. 33 x 27 inches. Private collection.

 Exotic Bloom Series #4
1999, oil on canvas. 24 x 24 inches. Collection of the District of Columbia, John A. Wilson Building, Washington, DC.

 Exotic Bloom Series #10
1999, oil on canvas. 16 x 24 inches. Private collection.
Breathless Series  
2000
C-print. 7.5 x 12 inches. 
 
Breathless Series
2000, C-print. 7.5 x 12 inches.

 
Steve in Rubber Mask (unfinished)
2001, graphite on paper. 28 x 21 inches. Estate of Manon Cleary.

Skyscape 9/24/07
2007, pastel on sanded paper, 3 x 5 inches

Skyscape
c. 2007-2009, pastel on sanded paper. 7.5 x 11 inches.

Manon Cleary

Manon Cleary’s paintings and drawings are often based on photographs she has taken. Her paintings and graphite almost appear quite photo-realistic. Whether capturing a detail of a budding orchid or the movement of human form, Cleary has the ability to render every strand of hair, emotional feeling, and flicker of light. She was awarded the 14th Annual Mayor’s Art Award, for Sustained Excellence in an Artistic Discipline in Washington, DC, in 1999. Her work is included in such museum collections as the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Chicago Art Institute, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Brooklyn Museum, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

 

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