"A Southern Aristocrat" by Lloyd Branson. Oil on panel; portrait of a woman in a large brimmed brown hat and a white silk dress with bead trim.
Signature: Signed L. Branson, '96, upper left.
22 1/2 x 19 1/4 in.
Label from The Collector's Eye (2014):
Branson is one of the most well known East Tennessee artists. Showing artistic promise from a young age, he attended the University of Tennessee before studying painting abroad in the 1870s. In 1876, he returned to Knoxville and set up a downtown studio with a photographer, where he worked and taught painting.
While he created landscapes and historical paintings, Branson was best known for portraits, often produced from photos and featuring somber-looking sitters posed against dark backgrounds, gaze directed as though looking into a camera. This portrait of an aristocrat stands apart with its painterly brushwork, soft palette, and diaphanous light.
|Title||A Southern Aristocrat|
|Role of Creator||Artist|
|Dimensions||H-22.25 W-19.125 inches|
|Credit line||Bequest of Judge John Webb Green and Ellen McClung Green|
|Place of Origin||Knoxville, TN, US|
Clothing & dress
|Relation||Show Related Records...|