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Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth Century Paintings of the South from the Johnson Collection Hardcover – May 15, 2012
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"In an unusual touch, the artistic biographies are accompanied by photographs of all but three of the artists, thus giving 'a face' to those whose works are better known than their own visage. Artworks reproduced run the full gamut, including portraits, landscapes, genre scenes, and still lifes."--The Southern Register, Winter 2013, review by Judith H. Bonner
"The book is full of interesting tidbits … about the artists and the paintings, which really help bring them to life and place them in the proper context. Pennington makes a passionate case for why this style of painting continues to be important to art history and culture, not just in the South, but in all of America."--Real South Magazine, June 2013 issue, review by L. J. Gouveia
"Pennington's prose is neither academic nor laden with art world jargon. Each artist is well described, as are the accompanying images in accessible language that does not talk down to the reader. For the reader who is savvy in art history, it is filled with enough detail and contextual information tying the painter to his contemporaries, specifically authors and poets, including William Faulkner, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, among others."--ForeWord Reviews--Art, by Dindy Yokel
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A lavishly illustrated exploration of romanticism in iconic Southern masterworks