The philosophy of Romanticism, originating in late eighteenth-century European literature and fine art, found ongoing expression in the art of the nineteenth-century Southern United States. The cultural roots of the agrarian South inspired Southern artists’ love of nature, and their response to the inevitability of change in an imperfect world. Spanning the years 1810 to 1886, Romantic Spirits includes the works of thirty-two artists who lived and painted in the American South.
The works in the exhibition are a portion of the holdings of The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina, which is dedicated to collecting and exhibiting Southern artists’ works that capture the rich history and culture of the region.
Above: Photograph of the 2014 installation of the exhibition at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.
The cultural roots of the agrarian South inspired Southern artists’ love of nature and their response to the inevitability of change in an imperfect world.
Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama.
Support for this exhibition was provided by Loree and Owen Aronov, Teri Aronov, Jake Aronov, Corinna and Barry Wilson, BB&T, Laura and Michael Luckett, and Helen Till.