The Girl in the Green Sari
The Austrian-born Jewish painter Clara Klinghoffer was noted for her sensitivity and skill as a portraitist. This almost life-size portrait was probably painted during her ten-month honeymoon on the French Riviera.
Klinghoffer’s family moved to England to escape anti-Semitism in 1903, living first in Manchester, then London’s East End. She studied drawing at John Cass’ Institute in Aldgate before attending the Central School of Arts and Crafts under Bernard Meninsky and then the Slade.
With its exquisite colouring and fine modeling Klinghoffer’s work was often likened to that of the old masters. One critic remarked, ‘Her portraits have a soft focus, but what inner life!’
The sitter’s demure character and gentle beauty are captured with a subtle delicacy offset by her exotic dress. Dated 1926, the year of Klinghoffer’s marriage to Joseph Stoppelman, this painting was probably executed during their extensive travels.