Robert Verity Clem (1933-2010)
signed "Robert Verity Clem" lower left
watercolor, 17 1/4 by 25 1/4 in
Robert Verity Clem was a New England artist based in Chatham, Massachusetts. He was self-taught but heavily influenced by the work of Louis Agassiz Fuertes (1874-1927). He published his definitive work, The Shorebirds of North America, in 1967. He is known for the exactitude of his detail and the sparseness of his pallet.
Clem was a trustee of the Chatham Conservation Foundation and had multiple shows at the Mass Audubon Visual Arts Center in Canton, Massachusetts. He died in 2010. Amy Montague of Mass Audubon notes, “If there were a pantheon of bird artists, Robert Verity Clem would be there.” She continues, “He is almost universally acknowledged as ranking among the greatest artists to focus on birds.”
Literature: Tim Wood, "Artist Clem Remembered For Ability To Capture 'Essence" Of Birds," Cape Cod Chronicle, September 23, 2010.
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