Exhibition | Anne Goldthwaite: Modern Woman

Jan 1, 2022 — Continuing


A native of Alabama, Goldthwaite (1869-1944) left the South to study in New York in 1894 at the age of 23. She traveled to Paris and was there at the birth of modernism, observing, processing, and creating work that places her among a select group of American artists. She was one of only a dozen women artists to have their work included in the groundbreaking Armory Show of 1913. When faced with patronizing gender discrimination, Goldthwaite responded with humor and with her active support of the women’s suffrage movement. And, of course, with her success.

Anne Goldthwaite is an artist whose importance and significant contribution to American art has been largely overlooked. Until the discovery of more than fifty works in a private collection, now part of the GCMA collection, her artwork, included in such museums as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, largely focuses on her work from Alabama and New York. The Greenville Collection, unlike any other, includes the work she made while in Paris, where she lived as an independent young woman, studying, painting, and creating artwork that places her in the company of the great modernists.