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Maryville, Tennessee

Oil on canvas
30 1/8 x 40 inches
1941
Now on view: TJC Gallery, Spartanburg, South Carolina

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

A Spartanburg native remembered for her keen intellect and lively spirit, Law worked as an illustrator to support herself in New York during her student days. The surviving examples of her illustrations show tight rendering that contrasts with the looser style she employed in her paintings. Working in media from watercolor to pastel, oil, and prints, Law portrayed the Southern experience in a signature style that was at once familiar and fresh, unidealized yet somehow affectionate. Maryville, Tennessee features a vibrant and rhythmic composition that exemplifies Law’s claim that, “I put down what I see, wherever I am, and the result is a record of life in a small Southern town.”

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