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Clara Emma Langenbach
The 2014 Winter Issue of Western New York Heritage Magazine features an article on Clara’s life & work titled, “Character in Art: The Work and Career of Clara E. Langenbach” by Sam Haney

Clara Emma Langenbach (Canadian-American, 1871-1964) noted impressionist painter, illustrator, designer, art lecturer, and teacher primarily known for her paintings in oil, tempera and watercolors of marine scenes, landscapes, coastal views, harbor scenes, and miniature paintings. Clara was born January 28, 1871 in Sebringville, Ontario, a small village just northwest of Stratford, to Frank Langenbach and Elizabeth (née Klorer) Langenbach. She had a younger sister, Edith J. (Mrs. Thomas J. Hassett, circa 1877-1966). In 1875, the family immigrated to the United States and settled in Buffalo, NY. From an early age, Clara showed promise with her artistic talents and began drawing around the age of nine, much to the delight of her classmates who admired her drawings and cherished the ones Clara gave them. Her early education was in the Buffalo public elementary and high schools, graduating from Buffalo Central High School #16.

Her formal academic art studies and training included: the Albright Art School in Buffalo, NY, and the Art Students’ League, NYC under John Fabian Carlson, N.A. (Swedish-American, 1875-1947), Frank Swift Chase (American, 1886-1958) and Walter Goltz, N.A. (American, 1875-1956), as well as one year’s art course at the Pratt Institute of Art, Brooklyn, NY. She also studied under Harry Leith-Ross (American, 1886-1973), life & portrait painting with George Ernest Fosbery, R.C.A. (Canadian, 1874-1960), marine painting during the summers in Gloucester, MA with Frederick John Mulhaupt (American, 1871-1938), watercolors in New York with Anna S. Fisher, N.A. (American, 1873-1942), and also with William Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916). She also spent several summers at the Art League in Woodstock (Catskills), NY, and also studied at some Cape Ann schools in Massachusetts.

A lifelong career teaching art for the primary grades in the Buffalo public school system began with Buffalo School #15 in 1893 on Oak Street (corner of Burton St.). Clara also taught at several other schools over the course of her 43 year-long career, retiring in 1936. The creative aspect of teaching immediately appealed to her, and she considered it a privilege and her responsibility to guide student’s minds in a constructive way. She once stated, “First you find your way to the child’s heart. Then you make the most of his ability”[1]. She inspired thousands of students over the course of her career, while developing their artistic abilities and inner characters, stating, “Everyone possesses a creative talent of some sort, and now, when leisure is to be increased, its development is of the utmost importance. For music, verse writing, and art have a definite ethical value. They bring out the best in those who produce them and cram their days so full of constructive activity that no time is left for wrong-doing.”[2] One of her happiest moments came when a student once said to her, “You are our mother while we’re with you, aren’t you, Miss Langenbach?”[3]

Teaching children became her lifelong profession and joy, but, “Never did she permit her profession to absorb her to the exclusion of her study of art”[4], a 1933 newspaper article reported. While teaching, Clara could only pursue her personal painting in the evenings or on the weekends, but never did she let that limit her. She always continued to diligently develop her skills and techniques as an artist while expanding her body of work. “Teaching keeps the fundamentals of drawing clear in my head,” she once observed, “while my own painting enables me to understand the difficulties and aspirations of my pupils.”[5]

After the United States entered WWI in 1917, the U.S. Department of the Treasury War Loan Organization, Savings Division, held a contest to raise funds for the war effort. Given Clara’s unique experiences as a schoolteacher and artist, she wanted her voice to be heard. Many of her pupils, whose fathers were serving in the war, could not understand why their daddy was not at home, so Clara would often try to comfort the ones that were distraught. Having witnessed firsthand the impact of the war on her students, Clara illustrated her poster depicting a child whose father was absent. The child was shown wringing his hands and holding back tears, with the header and words that read, “WAR SAVINGS STAMPS: My daddy’s a soldier, won’t you help bring him back?” Her poster was accepted by the National War Savings Stamp Committee from several hundred entries and was patriotically colored red, white and blue, size 22” x 14”. It was also placed on exhibition in the New York City Public Library, NYC. Five thousand copies of the poster were printed and made available for distribution in Western New York and in other cities across the nation. Additional text beneath the poster’s title included, ‘Contributed to W.S.S. Committee Retail Merchants Association of Buffalo’, and it was printed by Matthews-Northrup Works Buffalo, Cleveland and New York.

Clara was a member of the Buffalo Society of Artists (BSA), and had also been on their board of directors. Other memberships included: Sanity in Art (was secretary of the Western New York branch from 1939-43), The Rationalists of Buffalo/Rochester and was elected secretary (later known as the Genesee Group, with name variations to include: Genesee Artists Group of Rochester, or just Genesee Group of Rochester) of which Clara was a member as well, Saturday Sketch Club, North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA, National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW), Brush Division (Western New York Branch, and was also past Art Chairman and secretary), Society of Independent Artists, NYC, Allied Artists of America, Boston Art Club (Awarded full membership), Boston, MA, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Providence Art Club, Providence, RI, Town Club (Women’s group formed in 1926, Buffalo, NY and was their former art director), American Professional League, Buffalo Women Teachers’ Association, National Educational Association and the Zonta Club of Buffalo. She was once the former head of the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy and she also frequently gave lectures on art for the Genesee Group in Rochester, NY.

Clara exhibited actively and widely throughout her career in and around Buffalo and Rochester, NY, as well as across the nation in numerous public and museum shows including the Albright Art Gallery (now the Albright-Knox Art Gallery), the Smithsonian Gallery in Washington, DC, Philadelphia Art Alliance, across New York State, Ohio, New England, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Florida among others. From 1906-35, Clara exhibited annually with the Buffalo Society of Artists, Buffalo, NY. She also exhibited with the Society of Independent Artists (1918) and the Allied Artists of America (1925), both in NYC, as well as the Town Club which was a women’s group that formed in 1926, located at the former Spencer Kellogg House located at 805 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY. From 1928-46, she exhibited annually with the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW), Western New York Branch winning 2nd prize Red Ribbon with Popularity Vote & Cash Prize in 1936 and the Effie Farnham Burns Founder’s Medal in 1942.

From 1928-45, summers were spent exhibiting annually with the North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA, where she also maintained a studio at the Rocky Neck Art Colony. She also exhibited with the Boston Art Club (1934), Boston, MA, the Allied Artists of America (1935), and participated in several group shows with the Rationalists group of Buffalo and Rochester, NY artists between the years 1939-1945. The Rationalists dissolved and the Rochester branch turned into the Genesee Artists Group and Clara exhibited with them in late 1940’s. Other exhibitions included; the “Conservative Painters Exhibition”, group invitational art festival at the City Art Museum of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO (1943), and the Rundel Gallery of the Rochester Public Library, Rochester, NY.

In 1946, Clara gave a speech at the Hotel Statler in Buffalo to a group of members of the Zonta Club, and she expressed why she loved art, “The writer uses words, the musician, notes, the draftsman, lines, and the painter, colors, to give their message to mankind. The painter’s and the musician’s is a universal language and anybody, regardless of race or language, can, if they have ears, hear music, and see pictures, if they have eyes. The aim of the artist is always to make people a little bit happier, a little bit more understanding and a bit more comforted.”[6]

Clara proudly held copyrights for twenty-three different toy dollhouse furniture designs in paper (origami-like, one sheet of folded paper) called “Ucutit” diagrams” (Copyrighted 1917-1918), and also designed covers for La Hacienda magazine, formerly published in Buffalo, NY. She enjoyed traveling here and abroad, and also spoke French and German which helped her appreciate more of the culture when in Europe.

Around the Western New York area, she could often be seen walking with her painting box and sketchbook tucked under her arm. Her favorite subjects were landscapes and marine scenes, for which she received a great deal of attention from other artists and the press. She never married, and for most of her career, she resided and maintained her studio at the home she had built at 21 Colvin Parkway in Buffalo in 1922 (later named Colvin Ave.) where her paintings hung in every room throughout the house. Her house originally cost $13,000 to build and she managed to pay it off within three years. Though retired from teaching, Clara did continue to do commercial art through the 1940’s-mid 50’s. On Valentines’ Day, February 14, 1964, Clara died at the age of 93 and was buried in the Pine Hill Cemetery (AKA United German and French Cemetery), 800 Pine Ridge Rd., Cheektowaga, NY. Clara is listed in numerous art reference publications including: The Buffalo Artists’ Register, Principal Women of America, Who was Who in American Art, 1564-1975 (from 1936-1999), Who’s Who in the East (1942-1943), Who’s Who in New York City and State (1952), The Encyclopedia of American Biography (1957), Who’s Who of American Women: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living American Women (1958-59), Women Artists in American: Eighteenth Century to Present (1973), Dictionary of Women Artists: An International Dictionary of Women Artists Born Before 1900 (1985), Biographical Index of Artists in Canada (2003), Davenports Art Reference: The Gold Edition (2005), and The Artist’s Bluebook: 34,000 North American Artists to March 2005. Her works can be found in many museums and galleries, as well as numerous public and private collections around the world.


Chronology:

1871- January 28, born, to Frank Langenbach and Elizabeth (née Klorer) Langenbach, and had a younger sister, Edith J. (Mrs. Thomas J. Hassett, circa 1877-1966), Sebringville, Ontario, Canada.

1875- July 1, Immigrated to the United States and the family settled in Buffalo, NY.

1892- Clara made the ‘Eligible List’ of potential teachers for positions in the Buffalo School System, Buffalo, NY. December 14, Clara was appointed to teach at Buffalo School #15 the following year, Buffalo, NY.

From 1893-Circa 1895- Clara was a grammar school teacher at Buffalo School #15, Buffalo, NY.

From 1895-Circa 1910- Clara was a grammar school art teacher for Buffalo School #47, then School #54, Buffalo, NY.

From 1906-35- Clara exhibited in annual group shows of the Buffalo Society of Artists, Buffalo, NY.

By 1910- She was teaching 2nd grade art at Buffalo School #56, and was residing at 388 Breckenridge Street and her sister Edith was living next door at 390 Breckenridge Street, Buffalo, NY.

1911- December 9-18, exhibited, group show, “2nd Exhibition of Outdoor Paintings”, 125 paintings shown including landscapes, cloudscapes, marine scenes, winterscapes, cityviews and figurative work, Buffalo Camera Club (Elmwood Ave. & West Utica St.), Buffalo, NY. Resided at 130 York Street with her sister Edith, Buffalo, NY.

1912- October 7, Clara’s sister Edith married Thomas J. Hassett, Medina, NY.

Circa 1912-1922- Resided and maintained her studio at 449 Auburn Avenue, Buffalo, NY.

1914- February 11-March 8, exhibited, group show, “First Local Salon of Works by Buffalo Artists”, Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY.

1917-1918- Clara held copyrights for twenty-three different toy dollhouse furniture designs in paper (origami-like, one sheet of folded paper) called “Ucutit” diagrams, Buffalo, NY.

1918- Clara designed a WWI poster “WAR SAVINGS STAMPS. My daddy's a soldier, won't you help bring him back?”, 22” x 14”, colored red, white & blue, that was accepted by the National War Savings Stamp Committee from several hundred entries and placed on exhibition in the New York City Public Library, NYC, and that June 5,000 copies of the poster were printed and made available for distribution in Western New York and in other cities across the nation by the Buffalo Retail Merchants’ Association to the Publicity Committee, Buffalo, NY. Exhibited, group show, Society of Independent Artists, NYC.

June, exhibited, group show, “The Thirty-Sixth Annual Exhibition of the Rochester Art Club”, three paintings shown “A Gloomy Day”, “Red Roofs” and “August Haze” (Nos. 84, 85 & 86 in the show), Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY.

1920- September, exhibited, group show, Hamburg Erie County Fair and Exposition at the Women’s Department, Hamburg, NY.

1922- July, Clara received the city permit to build her new home & studio at 21 Colvin Parkway (later Colvin Ave.), a 38’ x 38’ x18’ dwelling at a cost of $13,000, where she resided for the rest of her life, Buffalo, NY.

1925- Exhibited, group show, Allied Artists of America, in the Fine Arts Building, West 52nd Avenue, NYC. November, 27, Clara paid off her $13,000 home mortgage in full, Buffalo, NY.

Circa 1926-1936- Clara taught art at Buffalo School #21, Buffalo, NY.

1927- November 22-December, exhibited, group show, in the newly opened Town Club (Women’s group formed in 1926), in the former Spencer Kellogg House, Art Gallery and Drawing Room, 805 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY.

1928- Exhibited, group show, for the painting “In the pasture”, oil on board, 5-1/2” x 7-1/2”, Town Club, 805 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY. Exhibited, group show, for the painting “The Cattaraugus Valley” (1928), oil on canvas, 16” x 20”, Town Club, 805 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY.

From 1928-45- Exhibited, annual group shows, North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA.

From 1928-46- Exhibited, annual group shows, National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW), Western New York Branch, (2nd Prize 1936 Red Ribbon with Popularity Vote & Cash Prize for painting “Sunshine in Winter”, Jellef Gallery, Washington, DC, in association with the meeting of the national meeting of the League of American Pen Women; Effie Farnham Burns Founder’s Medal 1942), Buffalo, NY.

1929- Clara taught summer landscape painting classes at the University of Buffalo “Summer Session”, Buffalo, NY.

1933- Exhibited, solo show, 28 paintings shown, sponsored by the Town Club, Third Floor, 805 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY. May 14-June 14, exhibited, group show, “Member Show of the City Federation of Women’s Clubs”, 39 paintings representing 14 artists shown, Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY.

1934- April 20-May 8, exhibited, group show, “Members’ Exhibition”, for the painting “Spirit of Spring”, Boston Art Club, Boston, MA.

1935- Exhibited, group show, Allied Artists of America, NYC.

1936- Exhibited, group circulating show, for the painting “Gloucester Harbor”, Art Institute, Dayton, OH. October 30, Clara gave an art talk for the National League of American Pen Women, at the Little Gallery of the Town Club, in association with one of the Leagues’ exhibitions, Buffalo, NY. Clara retired from teaching in the Buffalo Public School System, and spent more time traveling and painting in oils and watercolors.

1939- October 21-29, exhibited, group show, “First Show of the Rationalists”, 65 works were shown by seventeen artists, Hotel Statler, Buffalo, NY, and the show traveled to the Rundel Gallery of the Rochester Public Library from November 3-30. Clara was elected secretary of The Rationalists group, Buffalo, NY.

1940- April 11, Clara gave a talk on WKBW Radio on “Sanity in Art”, the last of the ‘American Pen Women Series’, Buffalo, NY.

1941- April 19-27, exhibited, group show, “Annual Exhibit of the Rationalists”, Fillmore Room, Hotel Statler, Buffalo, NY. Exhibited, two-person show with Franc Root McCreery, Rundel Gallery of the Rochester Public Library, Rochester, NY. September 4, Clara was invited to give a radio broadcast by the Zonta Club and Buffalo’s WGR station on the Sanity in Art movement, and she explained that is was founded to counteract the “depraved” forms of modern art that had started to become popular at the time.

1942- Exhibited, group show, “Annual Exhibit of the Rationalists”, three paintings shown of two winter scenes and a painting titled “Bend in the Creek”, and Clara submitted under the pen name of ‘Nancy Elizabeth Brooke’, Rundel Gallery of the Rochester Public Library, Rochester, NY. November 22-28, Clara along with several other prominent Buffalo women artists, submitted a painting for WWII Minute Women, which were displayed in local motion picture theaters around Buffalo, and was curated by Mrs. George Clinton, Jr., chairman of the speakers’ bureau for the women’s War Savings Committee to coincide with the local observance of “Minute Women at War Week” to help boost sales of War Savings Bonds and Stamps. Over $81,000 bonds were sold for the effort and each $25 Bond entitled each buyer to one chance at receiving one of the submitted paintings generously donated by each of the artists, Buffalo, NY. December 30, Clara was awarded the Effie Farnham Burns Founder’s Medal, given yearly (since 1940) for a member who excelled in their field and recognized workers in the creative arts whose accomplishments contributed to the education and entertainment of the community; given by the National League of American Pen Women at their annual Christmas meeting and was presented to her by the award’s first recipient Madame Matilda M. Satterfield, Buffalo, NY.

1943- Exhibited, group invitational show, “Conservative Painters Exhibition”, for the painting “Snow on the Hills” (1939), City Art Museum of St. Louis Art Festival, St. Louis, MO. December, exhibited, group show, “Annual Exhibit of the Rationalists”, Rundel Gallery of the Rochester Public Library, Rochester, NY.

1944- January, exhibited, group show, “Annual Exhibit of the Rationalists”, three paintings of two winter scenes and a painting titled “Bend in the Creek”, Cayuga Museum of History and Art, Auburn, NY. February, exhibited, group show, “Rationalists Exhibition”, for her oil painting “The Daily Mail”, Binghamton Museum of Fine Arts at the Public Library, Binghamton, NY. June, exhibited, solo show, of 35 paintings, sponsored by the Town Club art committee, Zonta Club of Buffalo, NY. September 8-October 6, exhibited, solo show, small oil paintings shown, Cayuga Museum of History and Art, Auburn, NY. The Lackawanna Public Library purchased the painting “Circus On Parade”, 32” x 40”, from Clara, which hung in the Children’s Book Section Room, Lackawanna, NY.

1945- January-February, exhibited, group show, “Annual Rationalists Show”, Clara had one painting shown of a “Victory Garden” scene, Cayuga Museum of History and Art, Auburn, NY. March, exhibited, group show, ’10 Rationalists’ Exhibition, Binghamton Museum of Fine Arts at the Public Library, Binghamton, NY. April, exhibited, group show, 9th Annual Art Exhibition and Tea of the National League of American Pen Women (WNY Branch), in the Little Gallery of the Town Club, with talk given by Clara on her painting methods, Buffalo, NY. 1948- Fall, exhibited, group show, The Genesee Artists Group (formerly the Rationalists), Rundel Gallery of the Rochester Public Library, Rochester, NY.

1949- April, exhibited, group show, oils and watercolors by Western New York artists, Museum of Fine Arts in the Binghamton Public Library, Binghamton, NY.

1950- Exhibited, group show, “Seconá Exhibit”, National League of American Pen Women (WNY Branch), Van Hoessen Gallery, 526 Niagara St., Niagara Falls, NY. Was listed in the Buffalo City Directory as a commercial artist, Buffalo, NY.

1951- April 25-May 16, exhibited, group show, “Annual Exhibit of the National League of American Pen Women (WNY Branch)”, for Clara’s painting “Winter in Versailles, NY”, J.N. Adam’s, 8th Floor Galleries, Buffalo, NY.

1953- Exhibited, solo show, paintings followed by a lecture from Clara Langenbach titled “Paint on a Palette”, Women’s Guild of the First Presbyterian Church, Parish House, Buffalo, NY.

1955- Was still listed in the Buffalo City Directory as a commercial artist, Buffalo, NY.

Circa 1956- Clara suffered a stroke.

1961- February, Clara donated the large oil painting “Lichfield Cathedral, England” (1953) to Buffalo School #21, 1000 Hertel Ave., where she taught for more than ten years, from her private collection. Her bequeath was intended to be given to Louise V. Norton, the principal of the school who died the previous year, and was given as a memorial.

1964- February 14, died at the age of 93 in the Carlton House Convalescent Center, 60 Carlton Street, Buffalo, NY, with the funeral held that following Tuesday at the Barron Funeral Home, and Mass of Requiem services at St. Mark’s Church. She is buried in the Pine Hill Cemetery (AKA United German and French Roman Catholic Cemetery), 800 Pine Ridge Rd., Cheektowaga, NY.

1966- July 10, Clara’s sister Edith (Widow of Mr. Thomas J. Hassett) died at 21 Colvin Ave. (Clara’s prior residence), Buffalo, NY, and funeral services were held that following Tuesday at the Barron Funeral Home, and Mass of Requiem services at St. Mark’s Church.

2014- February 22-March 15, exhibited, “Special Winter Feature: Clara Langenbach (1871-1964) & Sam Haney Collection Art Sale”, Meibohm Fine Arts, East Aurora, NY.

Exhibited Also At: Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Fine Arts Gallery, West 57th Street, NYC; Barnard Gallery, NYC; Stevens Hotel, Chicago, IL; Philadelphia Art Alliance (Annual Shows), Philadelphia, PA; Smithsonian Gallery, U.S. National Museum, and several other Washington, DC galleries; Cleveland, OH; Art Institute, Dayton, OH; Providence Art Club, Providence, RI; Vose Gallery, Providence, RI; Miami, FL; Nantucket, MA; Rundel and Memorial Art Galleries, Rochester, NY; Statler Hotel, Buffalo, NY; Twentieth Century Club, Buffalo, NY; Various Art Clubs in and around Buffalo, NY; Art League at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY; at Chautauqua, NY (by request); Provincetown, MA; Fine Arts Academy, NYC.

Awards/Prizes/Honors: National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW), Western New York Branch, Buffalo, NY, (2nd Prize 1936 Red Ribbon with Popularity Vote & Cash Prize for painting “Sunshine in Winter”, Jellef Gallery, Washington, DC, in association with the national meeting of the League of American Pen Women, and in 1942, Clara was awarded the Effie Farnham Burns Founder’s Medal, given yearly for a member who excelled in their field, given by the National League of American Pen Women at their annual luncheon, which recognized workers in the creative arts whose accomplishments contributed to the education and entertainment of the community); Awarded full membership with the Boston Art Club, Boston, MA.

Memberships/Associations: Buffalo Society of Artists (BSA), and was on the board of directors, Buffalo, NY; Rationalists of Buffalo/Rochester (later known as the Genesee Group), NY; City Federation of Women’s Clubs, Buffalo, NY; Genesee Group (formerly the Rationalists, [also known with name variations to include; Genesee Artists Group of Rochester, or just Genesee Group of Rochester]), Rochester, NY; Saturday Sketch Club, Springbrook, NY; North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA; National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW), Brush Division, Western New York Branch; Allied Artists of America; Rochester Art Club, Rochester, NY; Boston Art Club, Boston, MA; Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA; Sanity in Art (secretary of the Western New York branch from 1939-43), Buffalo, NY; Providence Art Club, Providence, RI; Zonta Club of Buffalo, NY; Town Club (Women’s group formed in 1926) and was their former art director, Buffalo, NY; American Professional League; Buffalo Women Teachers’ Association, Buffalo, NY; National Educational Association; Women’s Guild of the First Presbyterian Church, Buffalo, NY; Catholic Women’s Saturday Afternoon Club, Buffalo, NY.

Poster Designs: WWI Poster, “WAR SAVINGS STAMPS. My daddy's a soldier, won't you help bring him back?”, 22” x 14”, colored red, white & blue, Contributed to W.S.S. Committee by the Retail Merchants Association of Buffalo, Issued by the United States Department of the Treasury, War Loan Organization, Savings Division, Published by Matthews-Northrup Works, Buffalo, Cleveland and New York, 1918, and was exhibited at the New York City Public Library, NYC.

Collections: One painting in the City Art Museum (1943), Forest Park, St. Louis, MO, by invitation only, as one of 62 American Conservative Painters who were only allowed one painting each; Lackawanna Public Library, for the painting “Circus On Parade”, 32” x 40”, which had hung in the Children’s Room, Lackawanna, NY; Clara donated the painting “Lichfield Cathedral, England” to Buffalo School #21, where she taught for more than ten years, with her bequeath intended to be given to Louise V. Norton, the principal of the school, Buffalo, NY; Public School (unknown), Bronx, NY.

Illustrated Publications: Designed covers for La Hacienda magazine, formerly published in Buffalo, NY.

Publications (Listed In): American Art Directory (American Art Annual), Florence N. Levy, Editor, Volume 14, Pg. 534, The American Federation of Arts, Washington, DC, 1917; The Buffalo Artists’ Register, Edited by Lee F. Heacock, Vol. 1, Pg. 344, Limited to 1,000 numbered copies, The Heacock Publishing Corporation, Buffalo, NY, 1926; Principal Women of America, Mitre Press of London, England, 1932; Who was Who in American Art, 1564-1975, Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, (1936-1999, listed since 1936); Who’s Who in the East, 1942-1943, Larkin, Roosevelt & Larkin; Who’s Who in New York City and State, Winfield Scott Downs, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1952; The Encyclopedia of American Biography, New Series, Volume 12, Winfield Scott Downs, American Historical Company, American Historical Society, 1957; Who’s Who of American Women: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living American Women, Marquis Who’s Who Company of Chicago, IL, First Edition, 1958-59; Women Artists in American: Eighteenth Century to Present, by Jim L. Collins, 1973; Dictionary of Women Artists: An International Dictionary of Women Artists Born Before 1900, by Chris Petteys, 1985; Biographical Index of Artists in Canada, by Evelyn de Rostaing McMann, Pg. 129, University of Toronto Press, Inc., Toronto, Buffalo and London, 2003; Davenports Art Reference: The Gold Edition, by Ray Davenport, 2005; The Artist’s Bluebook: 34,000 North American Artists to March 2005, by Lonnie Pierson Dunbier (Editor), AskArt.com, Inc., 2005.

Radio Talks: April 11, 1941, Clara gave a talk on WKBW Radio on “Sanity in Art”, the last of the ‘American Pen Women Series’, Buffalo, NY; September 4, 1941, Clara was invited again to give a radio talk on the “Sanity in Art” movement, by the Zonta Club and Buffalo’s WGR station.

For additional information on this artist or for other possible examples of Clara’s works, please visit the AskArt link

(Written & compiled chronologically by Mark Strong of Meibohm Fine Arts, Inc., East Aurora, NY, meibohmfinearts.com, 09/2013, Sources: Our internal records; Biographical information and quote [6] supplied by Sam Haney, from his article in the Western New York Heritage magazine, Winter Issue, “Character in Art: The Work and Career of Clara E. Langenbach”, Pgs. 9-17, 2014; and numerous other sources which are too long to list here and are furnished upon request.)
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