King of the Summer

Artist Details

Name: Alice Ravenel Huger Smith
Birth: 1876 Death: 1958
Nationality: American

Artwork Details

Date of Work: ca. 1954
Medium: watercolor on paper
Dimensions: 30 x 22 inches
Credit: Purchased with funds from Mrs. Frederick H. Bunting

A native Charlestonian, Alice Smith spent her entire life painting, promoting and writing about the South Carolina Lowcountry. She received early training through the Carolina Art Association art school, the present-day Gibbes Museum of Art Studio Program. She was greatly influenced by the Japanese woodblock print collection of her friend and distant cousin Motte Alston Read which is now part of the Gibbes permanent collection. She used some of the actual woodblocks to learn the technique, and was introduced to the seminal publications on Japanese prints in her cousin’s library. Smith was also greatly encouraged by visiting artists, such as Birge Harrison (1854 – 1929), Bertha Jacques (1863 – 1941) and Helen Hyde (1868 – 1919). Drawing upon these diverse influences, Smith created her own style, in a variety of mediums that translated her love of nature and the Carolina Lowcountry.

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