Mysterious, Marvelous, Malevolent: The Art of Elihu Vedder

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Mysterious, Marvelous, Malevolent: The Art of Elihu Vedder

Published on September 13, 2019

Since its first public appearance in 1863, Elihu Vedder’s The Questioner of the Sphinx, has been a mystery. It is the first of a group of bizarre and visionary paintings, drawings, and book illustrations that Vedder (1836 – 1923) began to create in New York City at the outset of the American Civil War. Prior to this, he had spent three years abroad, studying in Paris and Florence. There, he produced mostly bucolic studies of the Italian countryside. When he returned to New York City in 1861, he made an abrupt and radical departure into the mysterious and the dangerous.

This exhibition explores Vedder’s journey into the realm of vision, nightmare, and dream. It considers Vedder’s fascination with ancient myths and legends of the monstrous and the terrible within the context of the horror, destruction, and alienation engendered by the national crisis of the American Civil War.

The exhibition runs from 4/05 - 12/29/2019 at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, 310 Genesee St., Utica, NY 13502.

To learn more about this exhibition, please click here.

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