At the turn of the 20th century, Charleston languished as an old Southern town that time had forgotten. Devastated by the Civil War, Charleston’s rich heritage hung over the city like a faded dream. But in 1920, an amazing collaboration of artists and writers spearheaded a dramatic cultural revival that would last 25 years and help Charleston reclaim its title as one of the most significant art and cultural centers in America.
Drawing on an endless supply of subject matter, the artists of the period between 1915 and 1940 dubbed “The Charleston Renaissance” began documenting the lush landscapes, plantation life, architectural landmarks and local color through their oils, watercolors, drawings and prints. The four local pillars of this era–Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, Anna Heyward Taylor and Alfred Hutty–are also credited with inspiring Charleston’s preservation movement by reawakening the public to the charm and significance of the city’s architectural heritage through their images. Continue reading “Artist Manning Williams : Inspiring Charleston’s Neo-Renaissance”