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Silver and Pearl

Oil on artist board
20 x 18 inches
1924

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

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

Eliot Clark practiced a form of American Impressionism known as Tonalism, which emphasized harmonious atmospheres in subdued colors. During the 1920s, the Savannah Art Association invited Clark to teach classes held at the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences. He maintained a studio in an old wharf building.

Years later, Clark explained his reaction to his time in Savannah: “The evening light was particularly beautiful. . . . The winter in Savannah was mild and pleasant and what impressed me as a painter was the soft enveloping atmospheric light quite different from the contours and strong shadows of New England. This sylvan light formed the background of the Savannah mood.”

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