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Exhibition Detail
Solo Exhibition
3648 Washington Boulevard
Saint Louis, MO 63108


June 7th, 2013 - August 24th, 2013
Opening: 
June 7th, 2013 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 
 Untitled, Wallace Herndon SmithWallace Herndon Smith, Untitled,
1965, oil on masonite
© Courtesy of The Sheldon Art Galleries
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This exhibition features paintings by St. Louis artist Wallace Herndon Smith. Born in St. Louis in 1901, Wallace Smith was a traditional painter who absorbed the visual language of artists like Pierre Bonnard, Henri Matisse and Edward Hopper. Smith was fluent in many subjects including still-lifes, landscapes, interiors and portraits. The artist's strength was in capturing psychological nuances, and this exhibit has been selected to highlight this area of his work. In the late 1930s, his work gained attention from important American artists like Edward Hopper, Walt Kuhn and Peggy Bacon. During these early years, his work was characterized by its affinity to American Regionalism and his portraits were highly finished, quiet examinations of his subjects. Smith studied at Princeton University and the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. His works have been exhibited widely including in New York at the Museum of Modern Art, in Philadelphia, St. Louis, and many other cities. The exhibition is organized by the Sheldon Art Galleries and is drawn from the collection of the Bellwether Foundation.


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