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Newport

Oil on canvas
12 1/8 x 20 1/8 inches
1907

As published in: Central to Their Lives: Southern Women Artists in the Johnson Collection

As exhibited in: Central to Their Lives: Southern Women Artists in the Johnson Collection, 20182021, Georgia Museum of Art, Athens; Mississippi Musuem of Art, Jackson; Huntington Museum of Art, West Virginia; Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tennessee; Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, South Carolina; Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina; Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, Virginia

After three years of studies at Converse College, Blondelle Malone wrote to her parents: “I have finally decided on art as a profession and I mean to work at it as hard as I can and see if I can be an artist some day. Think this way of girls going to school and getting married nonsense.” Upon her arrival in New York, the South Carolinian matriculated at the Art Students League. It was while visiting a former League classmate in Rhode Island that she later executed this plein air painting. Illuminated by pale sunshine, a low stone wall and thin row of trees create a strong diagonal in the otherwise horizontal composition. Both the loose brushwork and atmospheric mood are characteristic of Impressionist landscapes. The lavender field flowers reflect Malone’s penchant for floral scenes, works that led to her moniker as “the garden artist of America.”

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