|[Turtle and Wave, Anna Heyward Taylor, color woodblock print, 1929. Gibbes Museum of Art.]|
|[Cotton from the series This is Our Land, Anna Heyward Taylor, linoleum print, 1949. The Gibbes.]|
A globe trekker during the early 20th century, when most women had limited opportunities to travel, she studied art in Japan. See the influence in her asymmetric compositions? The crisp colors?
Other Charleston Renaissance artists inspired by Japanese printmaking include Alice Ravenel Huger Smith and Antoinette Guerard Rhett. These women often interpreted local Southern flora and fauna with a stylized, Japanese perspective. Adding to the East-West link, the Gibbes is fortunate to have a strong collection of 19th-century Japanese woodblock prints -- parts of which were studied by the aforementioned artists. The upcoming exhibition will juxtapose the Japanese ukiyo-e school pieces with native Charleston works.