Tennessee Painting 1920 to 1970

Paintings from the Collection of the Tennessee State Museum
 

Tennessee, like the rest of the western world, experienced many new artistic trends in the years between 1920 and 1970. Artist active in those years included Carl Sublett, Philip Perkins, Avery Handly, Carroll Cloar, David Driskell, Aaron Douglas, Willie Betty Newman, Walter Stevens, Louis Jones, Bertha Herbert Potter, George Ayres Cress, Joseph Delaney, and Beauford Delaney.

Artistic trends were moving toward less formalized presentation of subject matter with freer handling of the materials.  These stylistic changes can be seen here in landscape, portraiture, still life, and pure abstraction. Due to Tennessee's conservative environment, artists here moved slowly to embrace these new movements. But the steps taken during this period are what produced the art of today. 

Here is an online library of many of the paintings in the museum's collection from this particular period. These images shown here are low resolution and may not be used without written permission. Information on the museum's photographic policies can be found at tnmuseum.org/Visitors/Photographic_Policy/

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Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120
FREE ADMISSION
 
Open: Tuesday - Saturday:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays and four holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
(615) 741-2692
TOLL-FREE: 800-407-4324
museuminfo@tnmuseum.org

 

 

 

 
 
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