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Romantic Spirits Now Open at Gibbes Museum of Art

Chelsea DeLay | January 17th, 2014 | Posted in Events and Exhibitions

Get a taste of nineteenth-century life in the South with a visit to the Gibbes Museum of Art! Opening today, Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth-Century Paintings of the South from the Johnson Collection features thirty-five paintings created between 1810 and 1896. Although the paintings on display range in subject matter, all of the works demonstrate an aesthetic sensitivity to cultural, social, and political forces specific to life in the South. When the influence of European Romanticism first arrived in the United States, Hudson River School painters responded with sublime paintings of the wild and untamed American landscape. This exhibition explores how the same Romantic themes that inspired paintings by Thomas Cole, Albert Bierstadt, and Frederic Edwin Church were given a southern twist once the artistic movement crossed the Mason-Dixie Line. In Romantic Spirits, paintings by William Dickinson Washington, William Thompson, Russell Smith, Gustave Henry Mosler, Thomas Addison Richards, Robert Walter Weir, and Thomas Sully emphasize a spiritual connection with the natural landscape, as well as the Romantic belief in individual “self-reliance”  and independence. On view through March 23, 2014, Romantic Spirits is a remarkable exhibition that Hudson River School fans will be sure to enjoy.

 

 

William Charles Anthony Frerichs, Falls of Tamahaka, Cherokee County, North Carolina, after 1855. Oil on canvas, 31 7/8 x 54 inches. Photo courtesy of the Johnson Collection.

William Charles Anthony Frerichs, Falls of Tamahaka, Cherokee County, North Carolina, after 1855. Oil on canvas, 31 7/8 x 54 inches. Photo courtesy of the Johnson Collection.

Joseph Rusling Meeker, Bayou Teche, 1874. Photo courtesy of the Johnson Collection.

Joseph Rusling Meeker, Bayou Teche, 1874. Photo courtesy of the Johnson Collection.

Thomas Addison Richards, Live Oaks in South Carolina, 1858. Oil on canvas, 21 1/8 x 30 inches. Photo courtesy of the Johnson Collection.

Thomas Addison Richards, Live Oaks in South Carolina, 1858. Oil on canvas, 21 1/8 x 30 inches. Photo courtesy of the Johnson Collection.

Chelsea DeLay is a Researcher at Questroyal Fine Art. Chelsea earned her MA in art business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York, and her BA in art history and classical studies. Her interest in American paintings first began while working at an auction house on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and has multiplied exponentially since joining the Questroyal team.