The Moon in the Mist

Watercolor on paper
Support size: 16 x 22 inches

As published in:
Scenic Impressions: Southern Interpretations from the Johnson Collection

Alice: Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, Charleston Renaissance Artist

As exhibited in: Scenic Impressions: Southern Interpretations from the Johnson Collection, 2015–2018, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tennessee; Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia; McKissick Museum of Art at the University of South Carolina, Columbia; Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia; Knoxville Museum of Art, Tennessee; Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts at Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina

Alice Ravenel Huger Smith was a major figure of the Charleston Renaissance. Through her art and her books, she fueled the cultural and economic revival of her birthplace along with other artists, writers, and preservationists.

Smith’s talents are best revealed in her many watercolors of area plantations where she spent endless hours making pencil sketches. She then returned to her studio to compose delightful visions drawn from her memory and her sketches. Explaining her focus, Smith commented: “I knew that my own lovely, flat country of rice fields, of pinewoods, of cypress swamps, of oaks, and lotus and all their attendant feathered folk would yield me a full harvest if diligently spaded.”