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TRAVELING EXHIBIT AT BOLTON LIBRARY

Released: 02/02/1998

<p> Captured on Canvas: Louisiana Paintings and the Artists Who Created Them, a traveling exhibit by the Louisiana State Museum showcasing Louisiana&acute;s artistic legacy of portraiture and other paintings, will be on view at the LSUA James C. Bolton Library on the 2nd floor until February 27, 1998. Library hours are Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The library will be closed on Monday, February 23 for the Mardi Gras holiday. Funding for this exhibit was provided by the Friends of Cabildo. </p><p> Based upon the popular show of the same name on view in the Museum&acute;s Presbytere in New Orleans, Captured on Canvas traces the major artistic trends and movements that shaped Louisiana&acute;s cultural landscape. </p><p> Comprised of 37 photographic reproductions of paintings from the State Museum&acute;s vast visual arts collection, the traveling exhibit covers nearly two centuries of images in two thematic sections: Portraiture and Landscape, Genre and History Paintings. </p><p> From the Spanish colonial period to the Civil War, portraiture dominated the style and subject of painting in Louisiana. Many of these images were of government officials and religious leaders. Still others were sentimental keepsakes, valued particularly in a community where familial ties were strong. One of the more charming portraits in the exhibit is that of the family of Dr. Joseph Montegut by popular painter Jose&acute; de Salazar. Montegut was surgeon major of the Spanish colonial army in New Orleans and later chief surgeon of Charity Hospital. He is shown seated with his wife, Francoise, her aunt, and the Monteguts&acute; six children. This unusual painting-portraits of individuals were far more common-is the most ambitious executed by Salazar in Louisiana. In addition to Salazar, other painters represented in this section include Jean Joseph Vaudechamp and Jacques Amans. </p><p> With the invention of the first photographic process in 1839, the demand for painted portraits began to wane and a regional landscape painting movement surfaced. The evocative rural settings of the Deep South-bayous and swamps-offered endless inspiration for artists such as Joseph Meeker and Harold Rudolph. Meekers&acute; 1876 Louisiana Landscape, with its hazy atmospheric light, is a fine example of this idyllic style of painting. In contract, Rudolph&acute;s 1877 Indian Lodge on Bluffs, picturing a steamboat rolling down a river with a small Indian settlement on the bluffs above, is a comment on the encroachment of technology into the pristine landscape and the civilization of the American Indians. </p><p> After the Civil War, genre painting came into practice in Louisiana. Genre painting focuses on everyday life. Examples of this type in the exhibit are of urban streets in New Orleans and a cabin in the country. </p><p> The final selections in Captured on Canvas trace the evolution of Louisiana painting through the 20th century. The impressionistic style of William Woodward is evident in his 1910 painting of a famous French Quarter building, Madame John&acute;s Legacy, and the folk style of artist Clementine Hunter is displayed through her 1976 Baptismal Scene. </p><p> Special "flip" labels throughout the exhibit challenge visitors to question why the artist employed a specific device or what societal factors may have influenced the artist. An accompanying education component is available for schools. </p><p> For more information, contact Dr. Anna C. Burns, director, at 473-6437. </p>