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Marsh Landscape, ca. 1917
Alice Ravenel Huger Smith (1876–1958)

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Watercolor on paper
8 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches (sight)
Signature Details: Alice R.H. Smith
Status: Available

This is so very typical of Alice's rice field scenes.

It could have been done at any time.  But again, due to its size, I am thinking earlier from 1917-1922.  Perhaps, it was inspired by Alice’s treks at Wappaoolah Plantation, one of her favorite sites to visit during that period for ideas.  The tree at center right is particularly lovely.  It reminds one of that series of four booklets that she did of Wappaoolah Plantation comprising daily excursions during four weeks in November 1917.  The way she plays with the juxtaposition of the complementary blue and gold colors in the center of this painting draws us as viewers to that beautiful tree.  Alice often used that subtle but effective method in composing her tableaux.

The Julia Homer Wilson/Juran Collection of Small Works by Alice R. Huger Smith – Some Thoughts

By Dwight McInvaill, author with Caroline Palmer & Anne Tinker of Alice: Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, Charleston Renaissance Artist (Middleton Place Foundation/Evening Post Books, 2021)—July 22, 2022




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