Orpha Mae Klinker 1891 - 1964

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Orpha Klinker Winter Touches the Desert Note


Winter Touches the Desert

Etching, 6 3/4 x 9
$3,000

This etching is part of the online images collection of the San Francisco Fine Art Museums, and received highest honors from California Society of Etchers at their San Francisco exhibition in 1939.

Oprha Klinker with her portrait of Will Rogers and Wiley Post
a larger size of this photo
is on Orpha Kinker's page

This particular etching was a thank you gift to "Howard," for placing Orpha's portrait of Will Rogers and Wiley Post at "the Fair." Could "Howard" have been Howard Hughes? We have reason to think so. To the left is a handwritten note which accompanies this etching. It is impressively stylish,done in Orpha's tiny detailed calligraphy.

Orpha Klinker Winter Touches the Desert Title Orpha Klinker Winter Touches the Desert Signature

Orpha Klinker Winter Touches the Desert

Ed Ainsworth LA Times Editor and Author

From Painters of the Desert, Ed Ainsworth 1960, his chapter on desert artist, Orpha Klinker, p 71 ....

"It was during this period (late 1930's) that Orpha started seriously to do etching, and as a result surprised even herself. It was at this point, in fact, that her love of the desert began to bear fruit. She heard that there was to be a Statewide exhibition for etchers in San Francisco.

Just to show her interest and co-operation she sent one of her first works in the medium to the exhibit which was under the auspices of the California Society of Etchers. The judges were so impressed with Winter Touches the Desert that Orpha Klinker, at her first try, was awarded the Associate Print Award, highest in the show. She has won this honor twice since."

Painters of the Desert Ed Ainsworth
Cover Art, Painters of the Desert
by Ed Ainsworth

Orpha Klinker Winter Touches the Desert Closeup