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SCENIC IMPRESSIONS: SOUTHERN INTERPRETATIONS FROM THE JOHNSON COLLECTION. Estill Curtis Pennington and Martha R. Severens. Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Memphis, 2015. Published by University of South Carolina Press, Columbia. 216 pp. with 100 ills. (60 col.). 32 x 27 cm. ISBN 9781611176759 In English.
Publisher's description: The radical changes wrought by the rise of the salon system in nineteenth-century Europe provoked an interesting response from painters in the American South. Painterly trends emanating from Barbizon and Giverny emphasized the subtle textures of nature through warm color and broken brush stroke. Artists' subject matter tended to represent a prosperous middle class at play, with the subtle suggestion that painting was indeed art for art's sake and not an evocation of the heroic manner. Many painters in the South took up the stylistics of Tonalism, Impressionism, and naturalism to create works of a very evocative nature, works which celebrated the Southern scene as an exotic other, a locale offering refuge from an increasingly mechanized urban environment. Scenic Impressions offers an insight into a particular period of American art history as borne out in seminal paintings from the holdings of the Johnson Collection of Spartanburg, South Carolina. By consolidating academic information on a disparate group of objects under a common theme and important global artistic umbrella, Scenic Impressions will underscore the Johnsons' commitment to illuminating the rich cultural history of the American South and advancing scholarship in the field, specifically examining some forty paintings created between 1880 and 1940, including landscapes and genre scenes.
Indexing: Western — United States — 1800-1900, 1900-1945 — Painting
Plans: 71,01,05,06,07,17,22
Worldwide Number: 036880
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