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Each year, Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center brings incredible art exhibitions to Savannah, and this year is no exception! When you’re in Savannah, be sure to check out these eye-opening exhibitions.

Bonaventure Cemetery by Henry Cleenewerck.
 

Bonaventure: A Historic Cemetery in Art

Dripping in Spanish moss and adorned in vibrant azaleas, it’s easy to see why Bonaventure Cemetery is one of Savannah’s most popular attractions. This hauntingly beautiful cemetery serves as a resting place for the dead as well as a place for artistic inspiration.

Telfair Museums is a big fan of all things Bonaventure, which is why they’ve put together a stunning exhibition at the Jepson Center that includes paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures inspired by or connected to Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery. This stunning exhibition is as Savannah as it gets!

Midnight, Bonaventure Cemetery by Jack Leigh.
 

Bonaventure: A Historic Cemetery in Art has works by sculptor John Walz, paintings by Hattie Saussy and photographs by Edward Weston and Jack Leigh. Most notably, the exhibition spotlights Sylvia Shaw Judson’s “The Bird Girl,” a bronze sculpture made famous by John Berendt’s bestselling novel “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” 

Bonaventure: A Historic Cemetery in Art is on display at the Jepson Center until September 23.

Monet to Matisse: Masterworks of French Impressionism from the Dixon Gallery and Gardens.

Monet to Matisse: Masterworks of French Impressionism from the Dixon Gallery and Garden

In the mid 1800s, Paris underwent a dramatic modernization -- a new urban plan transformed the city from a chaotic web of medieval streets to the more orderly and energetic system that it is today. A group of artists began to take note of the new surroundings, and as they did, they moved away from traditional forms of art that were rooted in history and religion and dedicated themselves to “the painting of modern life”. This meant creating their work en plein air, or directly on location, to give a quick impression of a particular moment in nature. Today, this style of art is known as Impressionism. 

Monet to Matisse: Masterworks of French Impressionism from the Dixon Gallery and Gardens boasts significant works by the most dynamic artists to work in late 19th- and early 20th-century France including Claude Monet, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin and Henri Matisse. In this exhibition, there are 30 paintings that illustrate the radical innovations launched by artists we know today as Impressionists and Post-Impressionists.

Monet to Matisse: Masterworks of French Impressionism from the Dixon Gallery and Gardens is on display from September 28 to December 31.

The Jepson Center.

About the Jepson Center

Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center presents highlights from the museum’s modern and contemporary collection and also treats visitors to an ever-changing array of exceptional artwork—from classical European masters to daring emerging artists. The Jepson Center also features a hands-on children’s museum space, daily drop-in studio activities for all ages, and unique shopping. 
 

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