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The Three Muses

Oil on canvas
38 x 28 inches
Circa 1930
As published in:

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

The Three Muses is an idyllic synthesis of figure painting and landscape. Each of the three young women is in a state of reverie, apparently communing with the lush nature around them. None of them bears a distinctive attribute to identify her as one of the mythological muses. The figures do not engage one another and remain distant from the viewer, qualities that add to the aura of the painting.

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