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Walker_Bald Mountain.jpg
William Aiken Walker was not renown as a landscape artist. He is best known for the prodigious quantity of his small paintings depicting rural African Americans. These paintings were produced en masse, sold cheaply, and were widely distributed. For…

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Though only a small sketch, this watercolor demonstrates a pervasive influence of Asian artistic styles and motifs upon Southern artists of the time. This is especially apparent by the strong vertical composition and the use of black, ink-like…

Smith_Tumultuous Surf.jpg
Tumultuous Surf is one of Alice Smith’s most exemplary watercolors. In it, we can clearly see evidence of the inspiration that Smith took from the subjects and compositions of traditional Asian art. Smith received no formal academic training as an…

Taylor_Middleton Oak.jpg
Anna Heyward Taylor was one of several female artists from South Carolina who became associated with the Charleston Renaissance in the years between World War I and World War II. Unlike her peers, whose graphic work was largely confined to the…

Silva_Beside the Still Waters.jpg
The subject of this painting is Magnolia Gardens, near Charleston, South Carolina. Silva visited this particular location many times during his artistic career, which did not start until he was nearly fifty years old. After leaving his family’s…

Schoppe_Speriences Meetin.jpg
Speriences Meetin' is another excellent example of how itinerant artists in the early 20th century interpreted Southern African American culture. Here, the artist uses dramatic lighting and an expressive composition to relate his own observations of…

Schoppe_Cabin.jpg
In the 1930s, the Regionalist trend in American art was effecting palpable changes in popular culture. It’s foothold evinced its acceptance as the primary countermovement, and perhaps compromise, against the more extreme elements of Modernist…

Paradise_Watermelon Wharf.jpg
In this work, California artist Phil Paradise uses bold color and quick, linear suggestions of rope in order to enhance dynamic effect and energy in a scene of dock workers at Charleston's Watermelon Wharf. Works like this add valuable comparative…

Murphy_Bricklayers.jpg
Christopher Murphy was born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1902. His parents were both working artists, and encouraged their son to pursue an artistic career. This work was produced during Murphy’s student years. It records the city's urban scenery and…

Melrose_Early Morning.jpg
This painting by Andrew Melrose synthesizes many of the essential elements which characterize the South in visual art during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As we look east over the Ashley River in Charleston, SC, we see the landscape of the…

Key_View of Washington.jpg
John Ross Key was the grandson of American poet and attorney Francis Scott Key, author of the Star Spangled Banner. In the 1850s, Key befriended the artist James Abbot Mcneil Whistler while the two were working with the US Coast Survey. This is one…

Johnson_WH_Ezekiel.jpg
This work by Florence native, William Henry Johnson, echoes the trend among African American artists in both the South and the North to create artworks whose subject matter was inspired by the lyrics of well-known Negro spiritual music. Johnson…

Johnson_WH_Cagnes sur Mer.jpg
William H. Johnson Johnson was born in Florence, SC in 1901. After high school, he studied at New York’s National Academy of Design until 1926. Encouraged by his peers and mentors at the academy, Johnson left New York and moved to France,…

Hutty_Charleston Gossips_watercolor.jpg
Alfred Hutty completed very few oil paintings relative to the prodigious number of his etchings and watercolors. In the latter media, however, Hutty’s works on paper often revisit the same subjects and compositions. Charleston Gossips presents one…

Hutty_Cabbage Row.jpg
The subject of these two works is Cabbage Row, a term used by local residents to refer a small cluster of historic residential buildings on Church Street, in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. The houses and residents of Cabbage Row became subjects…

Hutty_At the Wedding.jpg
Alfred Hutty’s At the Wedding is an excellent example of a Southern urban genre scene. Though the image is charming and ordinary in its character, closer investigation reveals significant social and historical interest. It records a newlywed bride…

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German-born artist Hermann Herzog belongs to a small but significant number of turn-of-the-century academic painters from the North who achieved critical and financial success with their works in Southern subject matter, accounted for in this case by…

Harrison_Hidden Moon.jpg
Birge Harrison was one of the first dignitaries from the American art Establishment who recognized rich and latent artistic potential available in the Southern landscape. Harrison had studied and lived abroad, painting and publishing articles on the…

Halsey_Study in Red_II.jpg
William Halsey is one of the first notable South Carolina Modernist artists. Although much of the work he created in his home town of Charleston was non-representational, he credited the city’s urban atmosphere, with its architectural angles and…

Gaul_After the Battle.jpg
Gilbert Gaul is best known for his American military (earlier period) and genre scenes (later work). He was variously a painter and graphic illustrator, producing works for “Century Magazine” and “Harper’s Weekly” during and after the Civil…

Cooper_Miles Brewton House.jpg
The subject of this painting is the colonial residence of the successful Charleston merchant, Miles Brewton. The home was built during the years 1765 – 1769, and is considered by historians to be one of the finest American examples of the…

Burchfield_Spanish Mission_Camden.jpg
This watercolor sketch by Charles Burchfield was created during the artist’s brief period of military training in South Carolina during WWI. Though it does not embody Burchfield’s signature enigmatic blend of naturalism and surrealism, it does…

Burchfield_Barber Shop.jpg
Charles Burchfield came to South Carolina as a draftee into the National Guard when the United States prepared to join World War I. He trained as a camouflage artist at Camp Jackson in Columbia, and often took sketching excursions to nearby towns.…

Biddle_Nannies.jpg
George Biddle's reputation in the art of the South was established in 1930, when he was invited by George Gershwin to produce illustrations for the printed libretto of his widely popular opera, Porgy and Bess. The invitation resulted in a trip to…

Benton_Tent Meeting.jpg
Benton was born in Missouri, and spent a great deal of time with his family in Washington, DC where his father was a US Congressman. Benton’s political upbringing, combined with his artistic instincts, resulted in artworks which reflected both the…

Benton_Cotton Pickers.jpg
Thomas Hart Benton is arguably the most famous painter of the Regionalist movement in American art. His art recorded aspects of American folk culture that were embedded in its rural music, labor practices, and religious beliefs. This small sketch was…

Benton_Chain Gang.jpg
Labor is one of the most prevalent themes in Regionalist art, and in art of the American South. In its more common form, such artistic treatments of Southern labor reflect a Romantic atmosphere of untroubled simplicity associated with agrarian…

Bacharach_Corner Store.jpg
Rather than presenting the familiar motif of rural subsistence agriculture commonly found in Southern art of this period, this painting documents an opposite aspect of Southern life during the Great Depression; urban unemployment. Elise Bacharach had…

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