In 1972, Felix Kelly had his first one-man show in Louisiana at the R.W. Norton Art Gallery as part of the Holiday in Dixie celebration. Kelly had come to know the Norton family who became the most significant of his American patrons. The Kelly Gallery within the museum remains the most extensive display of Kelly paintings available to the public anywhere in the world. Only one British family owns a comparable number of his works but does not exhibit them publicly. Kelly created this painting of the Norton Art Gallery in homage to his friends and their support of the...
Created by: Kelly, Felix
Bierstadt called this work Garden of the Gods, electing to show us the majesty of the garden that is the wilderness unchecked in this case, a portion of the Yosemite Valley. Sydney Eddison, a writer for Horticulture Magazine stated, "Gardens are a form of autobiography. How we approach them, and even more, how we define them, says a great deal about who we are and what we believe in." Bierstadt's works derived from transcendentalist philosophy the idea that the divine is incarnate within the natural world around us. So while our own gardens, however lovely, remain small and imperfect,...
Created by: Bierstadt, Albert
The influence of the Impressionist movement upon late 19th century painting is evident in this work by Ruben LeGrand Johnston. Undoubtedly painted in a single sitting en plein aire, it captures the crisp colors and dazzling light of a spring morning through its use of broken brushwork and bright color palette. Claude Monet was said to have never used black pigment in his paintings and it's absent in this work as well. Like the Impressionists, Johnston has suggested his subject in rapid strokes and dabs of color rather than carefully delineating each form with a careful finish in the traditional...
Created by: Johnston, R.L.
The most famous cavalryman of the Civil War, Stuart was invaluable to Lee in the early years of the war. During the 2nd Bull Run Campaign, he managed to overrun the headquarters of the Union commander John Pope and steal his uniform as well as written orders that gave Lee valuable intelligence. Later that year he led a raid north of the Rappahannock that inflicted 230 Union casualties while incurring only 27 of his own. After Chancellorsville, he led Southern forces in the largest cavalry engagement ever fought on the American continent, the Battle of Brandy Station on June 9,...
Created by: Elder, J.A.