Category: Art

Tour at Two | Frederick Cark Frieseke

• Frieseke was a major figure in American Impressionism, though he spent the majority of his career as an expatriate in France. Frieseke’s cottage in Giverny, called Le Hameau, was adjacent to Claude Monet’s home and was surrounded by lush gardens that provided the setting for many of his vibrant paintings, like Hollyhocks. • Frieseke commonly placed elongated female figures in garden settings, making the connection between feminine beauty and the fragility or fleeting... Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Sunday, August 9, 2020
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Tour at Two: Maritza Dávila

Current events weighed heavily on her mind as Dávila created Lenguaje Textural . In this triptych, which she began in March at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, she incorporates both screenprint, in the two outer panels, and a hybrid of silk aquatint and collagraph in the center panel. The outstretched hand in the center panel is symbolic of our present moment, and how we are reaching out to one another, but we cannot touch. The left and right panels incorporate words and phrases... Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Sunday, August 2, 2020
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Tour at Two: Summer Exhibitions

We are excited to share that three new exhibitions are opening today at the Dixon! For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design features nearly one hundred paintings from the National Academy’s collection, illustrating the evolution of American art over the past two hundred years. From majestic Hudson River School landscapes to glimmering Gilded Age masterworks to mid-twentieth-century surrealism to California pop art, For America is a special opportunity to see the work... Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Sunday, July 19, 2020
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Tour at Two: Camille Pissarro

The Jetty at Le Havre, High Tide, Morning Sun is one of Pissarro's final paintings, completed just a few months before his death in 1903. Persuaded to work there by the prosperous cotton merchant Pieter van der Velde, who was a great collector of Pissarro and other Impressionists' work, Pissarro spent July, August, and September in the port city of Le Havre in Normandy. He stayed at Le Havre’s Hôtel Continental in a room overlooking the harbor where he could enjoy watching... Read More
Posted by Chantal Drake at Sunday, July 12, 2020
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#TeamTuesday: Katie Kizer

Katie Kizer is the Collections and Exhibitions Assistant at the Dixon. Hired in July 2017, her role at the Dixon is split primarily between two important responsibilities: assisting Registrar Kristen Kimberling with maintaining up-to-date digital records in our collections management database, and assisting Curator Julie Pierotti with research and content creation for upcoming exhibitions. During a typical week at the Dixon, Katie begins most days by mailing Dixon catalogues that have sold... Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Tuesday, July 7, 2020
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Tour at Two: Stanislas Lépine

Stanislas Lépine participated in the first Impressionist exhibition of 1874, but it was to be the only one. He has often been described as a bit of a loner and enjoyed the solitude of painting in more remote locations. Either in the late 1870s or early 1880s (he rarely dated his work), Lépine ventured to La Grande Jatte, an island in the Seine northwest of Paris, to paint its relatively rustic views. In the nineteenth century, it was an easily accessible retreat for... Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Sunday, July 5, 2020
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Meet the Artist: Brittney Boyd Bullock

Memphian Brittney Boyd Bullock is a visual artist, textile designer, and leather smith. Her bold, declarative work is informed by her interest in social change and community engagement. In addition to her own dedicated studio practice, Bullock’s passion is finding creative and artistic solutions to social problems in underserved communities. She serves as the Director of Youth Programs for the Memphis Music Initiative , where she works to build relationships with young people and foster... Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Friday, July 3, 2020
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Tour at Two: Henri-Joseph Harpignies

In 1878, Henri-Joseph Harpignies purchased a home just outside of Saint-Privé, a small town on the Loing River about ninety miles southeast of Paris. The Village most likely represents that town. Harpignies painted the subject on a small, portable canvas, a practicality common to artists who enjoyed working en plein air. The flat planes of color, especially prominent in the surface of the water, the rolling distant hills, and the broad strokes of the large trees, are possible... Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Sunday, June 28, 2020
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Meet the Artist: Justin Bowles

Meet  Memphis 2020  artist Justin Bowles. Bowles has been creating works in paper for nearly a decade. She graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from the University of Kansas before relocating to Memphis in 2012 to earn her Master of Fine Arts degree from Memphis College of Art. Her work is inspired by memories, both recent and distant. Time spent crafting with her grandmother, her childhood days playing in the woods of northwest Arkansas, as well as her travels... Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Friday, June 26, 2020
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Tour at Two: Honoré Daumier

Honoré Daumier was a prolific Realist printmaker and painter in nineteenth century France. He produced thousands of lithographs that were distributed in Parisian newspapers over the span of his long career. Daumier’s satirical eye took aim at all aspects of nineteenth century French society, including family life. They are in many ways snapshots of a particular moment in time, with their keen recordings of Parisian clothing and language, but on a deeper level they offer... Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Sunday, June 21, 2020
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Art Activity: Farmhouse Word Search

Find the words featured in Charles Heberer’s Farmhouse in the wordsearch below. The words can be any direction including backwards and diagonally. Then, try to find all the objects in the original painting! download activity sheet  | ANSWER KEY Charles Heberer,  Farmyard, La Celle-au-Pontoise , 1894; Oil on canvas; Gift of John and Susan Horseman in honor of Kevin Sharp, 2011.1.1 Click here to support the Dixon today! Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Monday, June 15, 2020
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Tour at Two: Camille Pissarro

Defined as much by his mentorship as his artistry, Camille Pissarro was the only individual to exhibit in all eight Impressionist exhibitions. He was a teacher, friend, and advocate for a large number of artists, including six of his own eight children. Later in his life, eye problems made working outside difficult for Pissarro, so he adapted to painting outdoor views from hotel rooms during his travels or through the windows of his studio, like he did with this painting. Pissarro... Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Sunday, June 14, 2020
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