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Weather

Watercolor on paper
Support size: 22 x 31 inches; Image size: 21 1/8 x 30 1/4 inches
1943

As published in: Alice: Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, Charleston Renaissance Artist

As exhibited in: Beyond the Illustration, TJC Gallery, Spartanburg, South Carolina, 2024

Largely self-taught and known for her scenic and poetic low-country landscapes, Smith was a driving force of the Charleston Renaissance. She illustrated two volumes of her father’s Charleston History and A Carolina Rice Plantation as well as a children’s book of poetry and drawings for her nieces and nephews, The Heron Book.  Her paintings possess an illustrative quality not seen in her other published works, combining memory and imagination to create an idealized record of the past. In Weather, a boat emerges from the storm into a pastel calm sea, evoking a half-remembered dream.