Mississippi Museum of Art

Jackson, MS




Caroline Compton: The River at Vicksburg and Beyond


Mississippi Museum of Art is pleased to present Caroline Compton: The River at Vicksburg and Beyond, an exhibition organized by the MMA that surveys the work of Vicksburg native Caroline Compton. Sponsored by Friends of Caroline Compton, the exhibition opens in the Collection Gallery on November 20, 1999, and continues through January 23, 2000.

Caroline Compton was born January 10, 1907 in Vicksburg. She attended high school at All Saints' Junior College in Vicksburg and upon graduation from Sweet Briar College in Virginia she moved to New York City to attend Grand Central School of Art. In New York, Compton studied with notable artists George Pearse Ennis (1884-1936), head of the George Pearse Ennis School of Art and president of the American Water-colour Society, and George Luks. Early study with realist painter Luks established the visual foundations for Compton's mature work which she created upon her return to Vicksburg. Compton died in the city of her birth in 1987. (left: South of Monroe, n.d., (detail), oil on board, Collection of Mississippi Museum of Art, Bequest of the artist)

This exhibition is the first focused survey of Compton's paintings and drawings. Organized thematically rather than chronologically, the diverse works assembled are grouped by subject: scenes of Vicksburg and the surrounding region, portraits and figures, and still lifes.

"Like her fellow Mississippians including William Hollingsworth and Karl Wolfe, Caroline Compton held firmly to the kind of realistic art she understood and loved, avoiding the pitfalls of awkward ventures into abstraction," said MMA Chief Curator René Paul Barilleaux, who organized the exhibition.

Ed.: We are interested in George Pearce Ennis and searched the Web for information of the artist. Besides that which is noted above, we found that the Smithsonian Archives of American Art possesses an exhibition catalogue from the MacDowell Club for Nov. 7-19, 1918, with "Paintings by Theresa F. Bernstein, Frederick K. Detwiller, George Pearse Ennis, Alice Judson, Oscar H. Julius, Victor A. Seydel, H. Vance Swope, James Wieland." He was in a "Group of American Painters" show at the Art Institute of Chicago July - November, 1926. Also, William Lawrence Ryan and George Pearse Ennis lived together the Summer of 1936 at Eastport, Maine, and painted the colorful Fundy Coast and fishermen.

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For further biographical information on selected artists cited above please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.

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