June 2, 2011
Violet Oakley Fan
Violet Oakley Unity
Woodmere Art Museum
Until June 26 2011 visitors to the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia can enjoy witnessing an extremely rare and interesting art exhibition.
Titled “Violet Oakley and the Women Artists of Paris”, the exhibition features the works created by some of finest female mural artists America has ever seen.
In the late 1800s, a young Violet Oakley enrolled at the Arts Student League in New York City.
12 months later the highly talented youngster moved to Paris where she became involved in the same circle as some of the most influential artists in Paris at the time and was influenced by the revolutionary artistic movement during that particular epoch – Impressionism.
The exhibition is dedicated to Violet Oakley’s work during the Impressionist movement and also includes works by some of the influential artists Oakley encountered during her time in Paris, such as Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt.
The Violet Oakley and the Women Artists of Paris exhibition is being held in the Antonelli II Gallery and costs $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and is free for children, students and members of the Woodmere Art Museum.
In conjunction with the Violet Oakley and the Women Artists of Paris exhibition, the Woodmere Art Museum is running a parallel exhibition dedicated to the influential artist. Also until 26 June 2011 the Violet Oakley: The Building of the House of Wisdom exhibition is being held in the Schnader gallery.
The exhibition is devoted to the monumental mural cycle Oakley created in 1910 – 1911 in collaboration with Frank Miles Day, a leading architect in the American Renaissance.
The mural was inspired by the artist’s passion of Renaissance art and included three large lunettes, four pendentives, a central glass dome and six smaller octagonal panels built into the architecture.
The mural was a tremendously vivid and creative symbol for the progression of human civilization, and the Violet Oakley: The Building of the House of Wisdom is gives fascinating insight into such a metaphoric piece of work.
For more information about the Violet Oakley exhibition and other expositions held at the Woodmere Art Museum, click HERE.