Swamp Scene

Watercolor on paper
Support size: 21 3/4 x 11 3/8 inches; Image size: 20 5/8 x 10 3/4 inches
Now on view: TJC Gallery, Spartanburg, South Carolina

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

Essentially self-taught, Alice Ravenel Huger Smith studied a collection of Japanese woodblock prints from the Ukiyo-e School. She experimented with the medium and created six images after her own designs. Eventually, she abandoned printmaking in favor of watercolors.

Nevertheless, Japanese design and sensibility pervade many of her paintings. In Swamp Scene, the verticality, subdued tones, and sensitivity to nature are hallmarks of her Japonisme.