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A painter of scenes from his home, both real and imaginary, and wherever he was at the time, Carroll Cloar recreated rural landscapes in a style combining realism and naivete with people, old buildings, and items that remind viewers of places from Americana childhood. Cloar was born in Earle, Arkansas, a small cotton growing town, and he enrolled in Southwestern College where he earned a B.A. Degree. He went to Europe to visit museums, and upon his return enrolled in the Memphis Academy of Art*. In 1936, he began part-time studies at the Art Students League* in New York, where he was much influenced by teachers Arnold Blanch and William McNulty. He created a comic-strip character called "Junius," which was a combination of Superman and Popeye, but "Junius" was not successful. Cloar's skill in lithography* earned him a McDowell Fellowship* in 1940, which allowed him to travel to Europe, but instead of going there, he went to the Southwestern United States and Mexico, a place he re-visited in 1946. He worked in New York until 1953 and then moved to Memphis where he died in 1993. Source

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