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Chattanooga's Hunter Museum of American Art Favorites, pt 2

The 2005 West Wing addition to the Hunter Museum was designed by Knoxville native Randall Stout; the sculpture in front of the entrance is a 2001 work from Tom Otterness, who often designs pieces based on social ills and injustice, entitled Free Money

The 2005 West Wing addition to the Hunter Museum was designed by Knoxville native Randall Stout; the sculpture in front of the entrance is a 2001 work from Tom Otterness, who often designs pieces based on social ills and injustice, entitled Free Money

Fundraiser, Duane Hanson, 1980; Hanson captures the 'worker bees' of everyday America, such as this depiction of his secretary; I'm a big fan and am so impressed with his ability to create totally lifelike images

Fundraiser, Duane Hanson, 1980; Hanson captures the 'worker bees' of everyday America, such as this depiction of his secretary; I'm a big fan and am so impressed with his ability to create totally lifelike images

An Out of Town Trolley, Francis Luis Mora, 1916; at the age of fifteen Uruguayan-born Mora enrolled in the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he studied under the American Impressionists Edmund Charles Tarbell and Frank Weston Benson

An Out of Town Trolley, Francis Luis Mora, 1916; at the age of fifteen Uruguayan-born Mora enrolled in the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he studied under the American Impressionists Edmund Charles Tarbell and Frank Weston Benson

Apprentice, William Merritt Chase, 1875; Chase painted a series of works in 1875 featuring young, working-class boys - a stark contrast to his society portraits and bright paintings of the upper class

Apprentice, William Merritt Chase, 1875; Chase painted a series of works in 1875 featuring young, working-class boys - a stark contrast to his society portraits and bright paintings of the upper class

French Tea Garden, Childe Hassam, 1910; Hassam learned about Impressionism when he studied in Paris in the mid-1880s; he painted this peaceful work, thought to be his wife, when he returned to Paris although he complained about the city's dirt and noise

French Tea Garden, Childe Hassam, 1910; Hassam learned about Impressionism when he studied in Paris in the mid-1880s; he painted this peaceful work, thought to be his wife, when he returned to Paris although he complained about the city's dirt and noise

Nature's Bounty, Severin Roesen, ca. 1852-54; this opulent still life reflected the optimism and taste prevalent before the Civil War; the title of the work mirrors the conviction that nature would provide amply for our needs and that none will go wanting

Nature's Bounty, Severin Roesen, ca. 1852-54; this opulent still life reflected the optimism and taste prevalent before the Civil War; the title of the work mirrors the conviction that nature would provide amply for our needs and that none will go wanting

Flowers, Bread, Chalice and Sticks, Beth Lipman, 2012; the artist uses the heavily laid table, with items made from blown, sculpted and cast glass, as a contemporary metaphor for modern consumerism and overconsumption

Flowers, Bread, Chalice and Sticks, Beth Lipman, 2012; the artist uses the heavily laid table, with items made from blown, sculpted and cast glass, as a contemporary metaphor for modern consumerism and overconsumption

House on the Cape, Edward Hopper, 1940; famous people from Chattanooga include Olan Mills, George Gobel, Leslie Alan Jordan, Gibby Gilbert, Lee Hamilton, Reggie White, Howard Baker, Archie Campbell, Betty Lou Gerson and Dennis Haskins

House on the Cape, Edward Hopper, 1940; famous people from Chattanooga include Olan Mills, George Gobel, Leslie Alan Jordan, Gibby Gilbert, Lee Hamilton, Reggie White, Howard Baker, Archie Campbell, Betty Lou Gerson and Dennis Haskins

Spring, John La Farge, ca. 1896; this window was originally installed in the dining room of the George Foster Peabody home in Lake George, NY; Adolph Ochs, publisher of the Chattanooga Times, purchased Peabody's home early in the 20th century

Spring, John La Farge, ca. 1896; this window was originally installed in the dining room of the George Foster Peabody home in Lake George, NY; Adolph Ochs, publisher of the Chattanooga Times, purchased Peabody's home early in the 20th century

Changing Tide, Concetta Mason, 1995; the world's first Coca-Cola bottling company was begun in 1899 in Chattanooga by Benjamin Thomas; George Thomas Hunter was Thomas's nephew and inherited his stake in the company

Changing Tide, Concetta Mason, 1995; the world's first Coca-Cola bottling company was begun in 1899 in Chattanooga by Benjamin Thomas; George Thomas Hunter was Thomas's nephew and inherited his stake in the company

Plaster Plant, Houston, Texas, Paul Sample, ca. 1937; the Hunter Museum of American Art is the centerpiece for Chattanooga's Bluff View Art District; the bluffs, once lined with Confederate batteries, overlook the Tennessee River

Plaster Plant, Houston, Texas, Paul Sample, ca. 1937; the Hunter Museum of American Art is the centerpiece for Chattanooga's Bluff View Art District; the bluffs, once lined with Confederate batteries, overlook the Tennessee River

The Wreck of the Ole '97, Thomas Hart Benton, 1943; this painting is based on a real incident, a devastating train wreck in VA in 1903 that claimed 13 lives; widely reported in newspapers, it inspired many anonymous ballads

The Wreck of the Ole '97, Thomas Hart Benton, 1943; this painting is based on a real incident, a devastating train wreck in VA in 1903 that claimed 13 lives; widely reported in newspapers, it inspired many anonymous ballads

The Janitor, George Biddle, 1937; Biddle was a friend of FDR, and is supposed to have suggested the idea of the Federal Art Project (later part of the Works Progress Administration) to him

The Janitor, George Biddle, 1937; Biddle was a friend of FDR, and is supposed to have suggested the idea of the Federal Art Project (later part of the Works Progress Administration) to him

Zany Actors, Dan Dailey, 1999; Dailey blends glass blowing with metalworking in his whimsical, figurative pieces; he's known for his unusually shaped vessels with two figures balancing on the edges

Zany Actors, Dan Dailey, 1999; Dailey blends glass blowing with metalworking in his whimsical, figurative pieces; he's known for his unusually shaped vessels with two figures balancing on the edges

Reclining Dress Impression with Drapery, Karen LaMonte, 2006; I loved the symmetrical staircases in the Hunter Mansion; Chattanooga is 61% White, 30% Black and 7% Hispanic and, unlike many cities, has seen its white population increase in recent decades

Reclining Dress Impression with Drapery, Karen LaMonte, 2006; I loved the symmetrical staircases in the Hunter Mansion; Chattanooga is 61% White, 30% Black and 7% Hispanic and, unlike many cities, has seen its white population increase in recent decades

Harrington Hotel, Al Beyer, ca. 1976; Beyer is known for painting storefront windows; his works explore the interplay between the view inside the store and reflections outside that captured cars and life on the street in the 1970s

Harrington Hotel, Al Beyer, ca. 1976; Beyer is known for painting storefront windows; his works explore the interplay between the view inside the store and reflections outside that captured cars and life on the street in the 1970s

Crystal Basket with Tall Handles, Beverly Semmes, 2008; Chattanooga and Chickamauga Military Park was the first and is the largest national military park; Chattanooga Bakery was founded in the early 1900s and they invented the famous MoonPie in 1917

Crystal Basket with Tall Handles, Beverly Semmes, 2008; Chattanooga and Chickamauga Military Park was the first and is the largest national military park; Chattanooga Bakery was founded in the early 1900s and they invented the famous MoonPie in 1917

Sunset Intersection, Robert Bechtle, 1984; one of the founders of photorealism, Bechtle captured the essence of the American experience in his oil paintings depicting San Francisco neighborhoods, suburban landscapes and Californian urban life

Sunset Intersection, Robert Bechtle, 1984; one of the founders of photorealism, Bechtle captured the essence of the American experience in his oil paintings depicting San Francisco neighborhoods, suburban landscapes and Californian urban life

Cobalt Turquoise Seafoam Set with Carmine Lip Wrap, Dale Chihuly, 1986; Chattanooga benefits from a central location in the SE: 118 miles NW of Atlanta, 112 miles SW of Knoxville, 134 miles SE of Nashville, and 147 miles NE of Birmingham

Cobalt Turquoise Seafoam Set with Carmine Lip Wrap, Dale Chihuly, 1986; Chattanooga benefits from a central location in the SE: 118 miles NW of Atlanta, 112 miles SW of Knoxville, 134 miles SE of Nashville, and 147 miles NE of Birmingham

Solid Comfort, John George Brown, ca. 1881; Brown was popular among upper-class patrons for his romanticized depictions of the lower-class; he relied on his own impoverished upcoming to create realistic images of immigrants and the working class

Solid Comfort, John George Brown, ca. 1881; Brown was popular among upper-class patrons for his romanticized depictions of the lower-class; he relied on his own impoverished upcoming to create realistic images of immigrants and the working class

Ruth Gleaning, Randolph Rogers, 1851; this sculpture was displayed at Mamma Leone's restaurant in NYC (I can remember my family going there when I was a kid); this work refers to the biblical story of Ruth who conveys abiding loyalty and family devotion

Ruth Gleaning, Randolph Rogers, 1851; this sculpture was displayed at Mamma Leone's restaurant in NYC (I can remember my family going there when I was a kid); this work refers to the biblical story of Ruth who conveys abiding loyalty and family devotion

Orange Lamp and Oranges, Janet Fish, 1982; for someone with orange as his favorite color, this was a natural selection for me; this artist takes the still life and applies the vigorous brushstrokes of abstract expressionism to create a unique perspective

Orange Lamp and Oranges, Janet Fish, 1982; for someone with orange as his favorite color, this was a natural selection for me; this artist takes the still life and applies the vigorous brushstrokes of abstract expressionism to create a unique perspective

Still Life with Ginger Jar, William Michael Harnett, 1876; Harnett made his realistic still lifes to appeal to a new type of viewer - the self-made, urban, middle class male; his works were found in bars, hotel lobbies, business offices and personal libraries

Still Life with Ginger Jar, William Michael Harnett, 1876; Harnett made his realistic still lifes to appeal to a new type of viewer - the self-made, urban, middle class male; his works were found in bars, hotel lobbies, business offices and personal libraries

Chattanooga from Lookout Mountain, James Hope, 1878; as a strong regional museum, I expected the Hunter to have more works by TN artists but the collection was more national in focus but with excellent pieces, especially for a city of this size

Chattanooga from Lookout Mountain, James Hope, 1878; as a strong regional museum, I expected the Hunter to have more works by TN artists but the collection was more national in focus but with excellent pieces, especially for a city of this size

Moma Grace, Charlie Newton, 1988; this is a work by one of the few Chattanooga-based artists displayed; Newton focuses on the lost culture of African-Americans paying special attention to the strong and heroic women who were taken for granted for so long

Moma Grace, Charlie Newton, 1988; this is a work by one of the few Chattanooga-based artists displayed; Newton focuses on the lost culture of African-Americans paying special attention to the strong and heroic women who were taken for granted for so long

Subway - 14th Street, Reginald Marsh, 1930; an avid people watcher, Marsh sought to convey the 'energy and rush and confusion of American life' found in spaces in which sexes, social classes and ethnicities increasingly mixed

Subway - 14th Street, Reginald Marsh, 1930; an avid people watcher, Marsh sought to convey the 'energy and rush and confusion of American life' found in spaces in which sexes, social classes and ethnicities increasingly mixed

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