Savannah artist Hattie Saussy (1890–1978) pursued her passion for painting from the time of her youth until near the end of her long and productive life. Comprising 38 original works of art selected from 19 private and institutional collections throughout the country, this touring exhibition will constitute the first major retrospective of Saussy’s work in more than 30 years.
Hattie Saussy (1890-1978), Untitled (Wormsloe), oil on canvas, 20 x 24 in., Telfair Museums
Saussy distinguished herself as a great American painter by effortlessly fusing elements of impressionism into her realist compositions, formulating her own traditional, yet unique, painting aesthetic.
Hattie Saussy (1890-1978), Portrait—Girl in Red, 1935, oil on board, 24 x 20 in., Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia
Visitors will have the opportunity to view paintings and drawings spanning more than 60 years and offering rare insight into the artist’s creative evolution. Although Saussy’s work has been largely overlooked in recent decades, it is hoped this exhibition will bring about much-needed appreciation of this remarkable artist of the American South.
Hattie Saussy (1890-1978), Peach Blossoms, 1938, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 in., Collection of Susan and Philip Snyder
This exhibition is organized by Oglethorpe University Museum of Art in Atlanta and curated by John Daniel Tilford, Curator of Collections at Oglethorpe University Museum of Art. The presentation of this exhibition at Telfair Museums is curated by Courtney McNeil, Chief Curator of Collections and Exhibitions.
Hattie Saussy: Rediscovery of an Artist opens June 30 at the Telfair Academy, which is located at 121 Barnard St, Savannah, 31401. For admission and hours to all of the Telfair Museums properties, click here.