Treasures of the Swope

Creek in Winter, 1932 repainted in 1942
Paul Turner Sargent (1880-1946)
oil on canvas
museum purchase, 1944.03

The Swope Art Gallery of Art, as it was then known, purchased Creek in Winter by Paul Turner Sargent in March of 1944 after having displayed it during the winter of 1943-44 in an exhibition featuring Brown County artists. Sargent described his method of working in a letter to the curator: Creek in Winter was painted in a studio from a “sketch made from nature in the woods near my home.” Sargent was born on the family farm in Hutton Township, Coles County, Illinois, where his artistic talent was recognized and encouraged from an early age. Sargent’s affection for the environs of the farm, fields, and woods can be plainly seen in the lively brushwork and light-filled palette of his paintings. These subjects sustained him throughout a career that produced some 7,000 sketches and canvases. In 1920 he visited Brown County, where he met Adolph Shulz and joined the artist colony there. The Brown County Art Colony was by then well-established; works by members T.C. Steele, Otto Stark, and other Hoosier Impressionists are still central to the Swope’s identity.

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Happening Now at the Swope:

77th Annual Wabash Valley Exhibition

November 5 – January 9

Celebrating artists from Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio. Works were selected by juror Drék Davis. Click here for more info about the history of this annual juried exhibition and about our juror. Join us Friday, November 5th for first friday and the Wabash Valley Exhibition opening reception and awards ceremony. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres from Gingersnaps Coffee House & Cafe and a cash bar from Verve Cocktail Lounge on the third floor. Stick around for the awards ceremony to hear a word from juror Drék Davis about the 77th Annual Wabash Valley Exhibition and the outstanding works included. This exhibition is sponsored by First Financial Bank.


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