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Tours at Two with Dixon Docent Bill Branch

Dixon Docent Bill Branch tells us about Winslow Homer's painting in For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design . Click here to reserve your free timeslot to see For America before it closes on September 27, 2020.  Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Tuesday, September 22, 2020
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Two at Two with Dixon Docent Phil McMillion

Dixon Docent Phil McMillion talks about The Two Idlers  and Haul of Fishes  from For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design.      Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Tuesday, September 15, 2020
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Tours at Two: William Merritt Chase

  Chase likely discovered the model for this painting at New York’s Protestant Half Orphan Asylum, which was located next door to the famous 10th Street Studio building where he was working at the time. Compositionally, the painting recalls James McNeill Whistler’s Arrangement in Black and Gray No. 1 (also known as Whistler’s Mother ). Chase originally exhibited the painting in the spring of 1884 as The Young Orphan , but when he showed it in Belgium in June... Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Tuesday, September 8, 2020
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Tour at Two: George Henry Hall

Learn about George Henry Hall's A Dead Rabbit  with Curator Julie Pierotti. On view now at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design . To reserve your free timeslot to view this exhibition in person, please click here .  George Henry Hall, A Dead Rabbit , 1858; Oil on canvas; National Academy of Design, New York, 530-P  For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design July 19 –... Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Sunday, August 23, 2020
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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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