Louisiana Art History
with an emphasis on representational art
Resource Library essays listed by author name in alphabetical order, followed by articles:
Women Artists in Louisiana, 1825-1965: A Place of Their Own by Judith Bonner
Ah-Louisiana, The Land of the Acadians: Wildfowl Carvers
Resource Library does not contain additional articles or essays dedicated specifically to Louisiana art. As of February 7, 2012 Resource Library does contain 223 pages including the state's name.
Museums and other non-profit sources of Resource Library articles and essays:
Louisiana Arts and Science Center
New Orleans Museum of Art
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
R. W. Norton Art Gallery
University Center Art Gallery / Louisiana State University
Other online information:
Artists' Association of New Orleans from Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
Artists from Louisiana in Wikipedia
Artist Views of New Orleans from The Ogden Museum of Southern Art
"The Arts and Crafts Club of New Orleans, 1922-1951" by Judith Bonner, from Spring 2007 issue of Louisiana Cultural Vistas, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
"A Different Slant of Light: A Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana" by Michael Sartisky Ph.D., from Winter 2011-12 issue of Louisiana Cultural Vistas, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
Historical Louisiana Artists, Newcomb Pottery and Arts & Crafts, Newcomb College Art School and Shearwater Pottery, Ocean Springs, Mississippi from Jean Bragg Gallery of Southern Art
Knute Heldner and the Art Colony in Old New Orleans, 72 pages, 2000. See review by Jean Bragg Gallery of Southern Art.
Louisiana: A Guide to the State, By Federal Writers' Project, Writers' Program, Published by US History Publishers, 1947. ISBN 1603540172, 9781603540179. 746 pages, "Art" Page 161 to 177. (Google Books full view)
Louisiana Art from the New Orleans Museum of Art
Louisiana Art from the Encyclopedia of Louisiana, a project of Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, contains biographies of artists of the state plus entries including: "Artists' Association of New Orleans," "Arts and Crafts Club of New Orleans," "Free Black Artists, Antebellum New Orleans,"New Orleans Art League" and "Southern Art Union (1880-1886),"
The Newcomb Style, 228 pages, 2002. See review by Jean Bragg Gallery of Southern Art.
Paintings from the Louisiana State Museum and Painting in Louisiana from the Historic New Orleans Collection, from LOUISiana Digital Library
Southern Art Union (1880-1886) from Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
Visual Arts Collection from the Louisiana State Museum
"Women Artists in Louisiana 1825-1965" by Judith H. Bonner, from Summer 2009 issue of Louisiana Cultural Vistas, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
Women Artists in Louisiana, 1965-2010, and biographies including the artist William Woodward from Historic New Orleans Collection.
Books, listed by year of publication, with most recently published book listed first:
Confronting Modernity: Art and Society in Louisiana, by Richard MeGraw. 304 pages. Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (March 1, 2008). ISBN-10: 1578064171. ISBN-13: 978-1578064175. Product Description: "Confronting Modernity: Art and Society in Louisiana examines how the conflicts and benefits of modernity's nationalizing influences were reflected and resisted by the state's artists in the first half of the twentieth century. In Louisiana, such change not only produced the turbulent politics of the Huey Long era but also provoked debate over new ideas on art and social roles for artists. By using two of Louisiana's most prominent cultural figures of the era as lenses, Megraw reveals the state's complex relationship with modernity. Artist Ellsworth Woodward and writer Lyle Saxon battled to retain artistic control over what they considered the exceptional character of Louisiana. Woodward defended localized assumptions through art in the world-renowned pottery program he established in 1892 and directed for more than forty years at Sophie Newcomb College. Saxon, on the other hand, fought against modernity's encroachment from within, serving as director of the Federal Writers Project in Louisiana. He used his position to promote literature and culture that preserved local place and historic structure from the transformations wrought by industrialism, consumerism, and the mass media. Confronting Modernity vividly explores how Louisiana's struggles with America's rush to modernize mirrored battles for autonomy happening between artists and governments across the country. Richard Megraw is associate professor of American studies at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. His work has been published in Prospects: An Annual of American Cultural Studies. " (text courtesy of Amazon.com)
Complementary Visions of Louisiana Art: The Laura Simon Nelson Collection at the Historic New Orleans Collection by William H. Gerdts (Author), George E. Jordan (Author), Judith H. Bonner (Author), Patricia Brady (Author), Louise C. Hoffman (Author), Lynn D. Adams (Author). 95 pages. Publisher: Historic New Orleans Collection; 1st edition (October 1996). ISBN-10: 091786039X. ISBN-13: 978-0917860393
Louisiana art from the Roger Houston Ogden collection: A joint exhibition held at the Anglo-American Art Museum, Memorial Tower, and Hill Memorial Library, ... Louisiana, September 13-November 15, 1992, by H. Parrott Bacot. 64 pages. Publisher: The University (1992). ASIN: B0006F0JWI
Downriver: Currents of Style in Louisiana Painting, 1800-1950, by Estill Curtis Pennington. 208 pages. Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company (February 1991). ISBN-10: 0882898000. ISBN-13: 978-0882898001
Encyclopedia of New Orleans Artists, 1718-1918. New Orleans: Historic New Orleans Collection, 1987.
Louisiana Landscape and Genre Paintings of the 19th Century: A Loan Exhibition, April 12-May 24, 1981, the R.W. Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport, Louisiana, By R.W. Norton Art Gallery. Published by R.W. Norton Art Gallery. 1981. ISBN 0913060194, 9780913060193. 44 pages
The Louisiana Portrait Gallery, By John Burton Harter, Louisiana State Museum, Mary Louise Tucker, Louisiana State Museum. Published by Louisiana State Museum, 1979
Louisiana's Art Nouveau: The Crafts of the Newcomb Style, by Suzanne Ormond (Author), Mary E. Irvine (Author). 196 pages. Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company (1976). ISBN-10: 088289112X. ISBN-13: 978-0882891125
Louisiana Folk Art, By Anglo-American Art Museum, Anglo-American Art Museum, Baton Rouge Louisiana State University. Published by Anglo-American Art Museum, 1972. 44 pages
Sail and Steam in Louisiana Waters: Exhibition September 19-December 8, 1971, By Anglo-American Art Museum, Published by Anglo-American Art Museum, 1971
19th Century Louisiana Painters and Paintings from the Collection of W. E. Groves, By Martin Wiesendanger, William E. Groves, Margaret Wiesendanger, W.E. Groves Collection. Compiled by Martin Wiesendanger, Margaret Wiesendanger. Contributor William E. Groves. Published by Pelican Pub Co Inc, 1971. ISBN 0911116524, 9780911116526. 118 pages
The Louisiana Landscape, 1800-1969, By Anglo-American Art Museum. Published 1969. 52 pages. "[Loan exhibition] September 14-November 15, 1969, Anglo-American Art Museum, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana." Source: Google Books
Louisiana Artists from the Collection of Dr. and Mrs. James N. Nelson, By James N Nelson, LSU Union Art Committee. Published by J.-B. Print. Co, 1968. Google Books says: "Exhibit at Louisiana State University Union Building July 15, 1968; sponsored by LSU Union Art Committee."
Monumental New Orleans, By Edward J. Cocke. Published by La Fayette Publishers, 1968. 36 pages. Source: Google Books
Louisiana Paintings of the Nineteenth Century: Lent by Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Groves, New Orleans; an Exhibition in the Louisiana State University Library, October and November, 1959, By Louisiana State University Library, William E. Groves, Gladys Rhodes Groves, Published by Louisiana State University Library, 1959
Contemporary Art and Artists in New Orleans, By Isaac Monroe Cline. Published by , 1924. Original from the University of Michigan. Digitized May 17, 2006. 15 pages. Google Books says: "Reprinted from Biennial report, Louisiana State museum. 1924."
Art and Artists in New Orleans During the Last Century, By Isaac Monroe Cline. Published by s.n., 1922. Original from the University of Michigan. Digitized Jan 2, 2007. 13 pages. Google Books says: "Reprinted from Biennial report, Louisiana State Museum, 1922." Note Google Books offers a Full View: of Biennial Report, By Louisiana State Museum. 922. Original from the University of Michigan. Digitized Feb 21, 2008
Some Notables of New Orleans: Biographical and Descriptive Sketches of the Artists of New Orleans and Their Work, Illustrated with Extracts from the Works of Poets and Dramatists, Art in Music, Painting, Sculpture, Poetry, and the Drama, By May W. Mount. Published by M.W. Mount, 1896. 182 pages
Historical Sketch of Art in Louisiana, By Ben Earl Looney. Reprinted from The Louisiana Historical Quarterly, [vol. 18, no. 2. April 1935]
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Visual Art, Louisiana State Museum, for their review and suggestions concerning
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