When the mist rises from the Scioto and Ohio rivers, the fog rolls into Portsmouth and the streets fill with the same miasma that Clarence Holbrook Carter (1904-2000) knew when he was a boy in that unassuming southern Ohio town. Although decades have passed since Carter left Portsmouth and its industrial mien—the factories and mines have now largely vacated the area—much of the town remains clothed in the remnants of its history, and the natural setting of the confluence of the rivers has not been irrevocably altered. Carter retained the influences of, and interest in, his riparian birthplace, after his education at the Cleveland School of Art and his travels in Italy and in France. Hans Hofmann, master teacher and abstract artist ( JAMA cover, June 27, 2012), helped Carter find lodgings in Capri in 1927; Carter in turn accepted Hofmann's gracious offer of art lessons—6 weeks for the price of 4—despite Carter's penchant for independent work, even while enrolled in formal study.
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