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Paintings and Prints by John Lapsley (1915–2005)

February 26 through May 15, 2011

LapsleyJohn W. Lapsley, Jr. was a renowned Selma, Alabama painter and printmaker, best known for the work he created in the 1930s and 1940s as a member of Montgomery’s “New South School.” These paintings (three of which are in the Museum’s collection) were excellent examples of the movement known as Social Realism.  Along with Charles Shannon, Crawford Gillis and others, he had fostered a visionary approach to visual art and culture in downtown Montgomery between 1939 and 1940.

However, in later life, Lapsley often seemed mystified that he was remembered for those works at all; he identified as characteristic the work of his later years, and he reveled in its success and popularity.  This exhibition of 20 paintings and prints was derived from the collection of Dr. Gery Anderson of Selma, and it contained the works that John Lapsley and those who knew him considered his true artistic legacy.


Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama.

Lent by Dr. Gery Anderson of Selma, Alabama.