HOME
YOU ARE HERE: HOME > ABOUT US > OUR COLLECTION
> IMPRESSIONISM IN THE SOUTH
MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART

collection
IMPRESSIONISM IN THE SOUTH

The impressionist art movement greatly influenced Southern artists well into the 1920s. The artistic style originated in Paris, France, during the 1860s and 1870s. Though most impressionist painters agreed with realist painters that an artist’s emotional condition should be secondary to depicting the naturalism of a subject, impressionists favored depicting an immediate sense of a subject. They focused on light, air, and color as one might experience it out of doors, using dabs of paint to stress a single instant in everyday life. As a result, many impressionists painted their canvases directly outside. The movement made its way to the United States late in the nineteenth century often by way of American artists who had studied abroad. Through the exchange of ideas among various artists, impressionism gained popularity in the South.

Highlights (Click on an image for object details)
"Afternoon at the Beach. Chesapeake Bay" by Gladys Nelson Smith
Afternoon at the Beach, Chesapeake Bay
By Gladys Nelson Smith
1930s
"Avenue of Oaks at Litchfield Plantation" by Elizabeth O'Neill Verner
Avenue of Oaks at Litchfield Plantation
By Elizabeth O'Neill Verner
c. 1940
"The Brahm's Waltz" by Robert McGill Mackall
The Brahms Waltz
By Robert McGill Mackall
1923
"By the Arbor" by Anna Catherine Wiley
By the Arbor
By Anna Catherine Wiley
1923
"Charleston Doorway" by Anthony Thieme
Charleston Doorway
By Anthony Thieme
1946–47
"Chehaw Chombahee Plantation" by Wilson Henry Irvine
Chehaw Combahee Plantation
By Wilson Henry Irvine
undated
"Orchard Scene and Young Girl" by Cornelia Field Maury
Orchard Scene and Young Girl
By Cornelia Field Maury
undated
"Path in a Southern Garden" by Alfred Heber Hutty
Path in a Southern Garden
By Alfred Heber Hutty
undated
"Pauline - A Little Friend of Mine" by Helen Maria Turner
Pauline—A Little Friend of Mine
By Helen Maria Turner
1912
"Portrait of Tony" by Ellsworth Woodward
Portrait of Tony
By Ellsworth Woodward
c. 1888
"Savannah Harbor" by Eliot Candee Clark
Savannah Harbor
By Eliot Candee Clark
c. 1925
"The Yellow Parasol" by Louis L. Betts
The Yellow Parasol
By Louis L. Betts
c. 1925
Museum Hours: Tuesday–Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. • Sunday: Noon–5:00 p.m. • Closed Mondays and major holidays
Visit the Morris at 1 Tenth Street • Augusta, Georgia 30901 • p. 706-724-7501 • f. 706-724-7612

SITE MAP I
VISIT I JOIN I SHOP I DONATE I EXHIBITIONS I LIBRARY I EDUCATION I SUPPORT I CONTACT US
augusta smithsonian gca