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Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth Century Paintings of the South from the Johnson Collection

When: Jan. 17-March 23 2014

For kids, romantic means nothing more than roses and chocolate. But then you hit high school and learn about romance with a capital “R” as in the Romantic Movement with players like Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. The Gibbes is moving straight from their Civil War photography exhibit into the Romantic Movement of painting — and more specifically how it unfolded in the South. The movement that swept the Hudson River School made its way south of the Mason-Dixon line, and Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth Century Paintings of the South explores the reemergence of nature in visual arts. The exhibit features 32 artists — including William Dickinson Washington, William Thompson Russell Smith, Gustave Henry Mosler, Thomas Sully, and others — and showcases 35 paintings, highlighting the transition from the neoclassical movement of the Enlightenment to the Romantic era. And for those non-artsy folks, that basically means the exhibit will show beautiful, peaceful, even pastoral paintings to help you escape the stresses of the modern world.

Melissa Tunstall

Price: $9/adults, $7/seniors, students, military, $5/children six-12, free/under six

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