Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth Century Paintings of the South from the Johnson Collection

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The late, eminent scholar Clement Eaton once observed that the nineteenth-century romantic spirit, which "subtly permeated the society of the Old South," was borne out most vividly in the region's "arts and social manners." Having had its genesis in European literature and fine art, romanticism found its way into the cultural output of the young Republic, both North and South. The same ideals that imbued the canvases of the Hudson River School also colored the art of painters ...

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Overview

The late, eminent scholar Clement Eaton once observed that the nineteenth-century romantic spirit, which "subtly permeated the society of the Old South," was borne out most vividly in the region's "arts and social manners." Having had its genesis in European literature and fine art, romanticism found its way into the cultural output of the young Republic, both North and South. The same ideals that imbued the canvases of the Hudson River School also colored the art of painters who found their inspiration and audience below the Mason-Dixon Line.

In this study of thirty-two artists represented in the Johnson Collection, noted art historian Estill Curtis Pennington delineates the historical, social, and cultural forces that profoundly influenced their aesthetic sensibilities. Author of the award-winning books Lessons in Likeness and Kentucky: The Master Painters, Pennington examines the core concepts of the romantic movement as it unfolded in the American South: the heroic individual, an idealized chivalric code of personal honor, the sublime quality of nature, and the inevitability of change in an imperfect world. Many of the artists under consideration in this lavishly illustrated volume created works of art that have achieved iconic status in the annals of painting in the South, including William Dickinson Washington, William Thompson Russell Smith, Gustave Henry Mosler, Thomas Addison Richards, Joseph Rusling Meeker, Robert Walter Weir, and Thomas Sully.

Spanning the years 1810-1896, Romantic Spirits includes insightful illustrated biographies of the featured artists, as well as extensive bibliographic resources. This inaugural publication underscores the Johnson Collection's commitment to advance interest in the dynamic role that the art of the South plays in the larger context of American art and to contribute to the canon of art historical literature.

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"In an unusual touch, the artistic biographies are accompanied by photographs of all but three of the artists, thus giving 'a face' to those whose works are better known than their own visage. Artworks reproduced run the full gamut, including portraits, landscapes, genre scenes, and still lifes."--The Southern Register, Winter 2013, review by Judith H. Bonner

"Pennington's prose is neither academic nor laden with art world jargon. Each artist is well described, as are the accompanying images in accessible language that does not talk down to the reader. For the reader who is savvy in art history, it is filled with enough detail and contextual information tying the painter to his contemporaries, specifically authors and poets, including William Faulkner, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, among others."--ForeWord Reviews--Art, by Dindy Yokel

"The book is full of interesting tidbits … about the artists and the paintings, which really help bring them to life and place them in the proper context. Pennington makes a passionate case for why this style of painting continues to be important to art history and culture, not just in the South, but in all of America."--Real South Magazine, June 2013 issue, review by L. J. Gouveia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615562650
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 10.40 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Estill Curtis Pennington has served in curatorial capacities for the Archives of American Art, National Portrait Gallery, New Orleans Museum of Art, and Morris Museum of Art. Pennington's Kentucky: The Master Painters from the Frontier Era to the Great Depression was a nominee for the Smithsonian's Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art and a winner of the 2009 Publication Award of Merit from the Kentucky Historical Society. His most recent book, Lessons in Likeness: Portrait Painters in Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley, 1802-1920, has also been honored by the Kentucky Historical Society.

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