Enfilade

Exhibition | Democratic Designs: American Folk Paintings

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on August 19, 2014

From the Chrysler Museum:

Democratic Designs: American Folk Paintings from the Chrysler Museum
Willoughby-Baylor House, Norfolk, Virginia, 16 August 2014 — 5 April 2015

Attributed to Joseph Badger, Portrait of a Child, oil on canvas, ca. 1750.

Attributed to Joseph Badger, Portrait of a Child, oil on canvas, ca. 1750 (Chrysler Museum of Art)

The Federal-era Willoughby-Baylor House provides a perfect historical setting for an exhibition of highlights from the Chrysler Museum’s deep early American collections.

Democratic Designs explores the work of artists with considerable ambition and talent, but limited access to professional training. The exhibition includes works by Ammi Phillips, Edward Hicks, Erastus Salisbury Field, and their contemporaries. The exhibition triumphantly displays individual creativity and native genius. Many pieces in this show are gifts from the pioneering collectors Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, sister of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., and her husband Col. Edgar William Garbisch.

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