Art of the American South at Colonial Williamsburg

The Old Plantation, John Rose, Beaufort SC, 1785-1790

Presented by The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, curators say a new exhibit called Painters and Paintings in the Early American South is the first exhibition of its kind that explores the scope of this region of early American art while bringing new vitality, excitement and scholarship to the forefront. “Nothing like this has been done before,” says Carolyn Weekley, Colonial Williamsburg’s Juli Grainger Curator, “having all these wonderful examples in one place at the same time.

“Most importantly, the exhibition will illustrate the myriad connections between art centers of the early South, New England, the Middle Atlantic and Europe.”

George Washington, Charles Willson Peale, Philadelphia PA, 1780Included more than 80 portraits, landscapes, seascapes and other artworks pertinent to the Atlantic coast states from Maryland southward and the upper coast of the Gulf of Mexico. All were created in or for the South between 1735 and 1800. Participating institutions include The Carnegie Museum of Art, The Charleston Museum, The Corcoran Gallery of Art,The Dallas Museum of Art, The Henry Francis DuPont Winterthur Museum and others.

A second and similar exhibition featuring works dating prior to 1735 is planned for a 2015 opening  in Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

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