|Biography from The Giorgiomilan-Bayshore Gallery:|
|Charles W. Hutson was born in McPhersonville, South Carolina in
1840. Hutson gave up a career in law. He taught at
the University of Mississippi, Louisiana State University, and Texas A
& M as well as several other schools in the South. In 1909,
he retired and moved to New Orleans where he spent most of his time
Although he was initially instructed by his daughter,
Ethel Hutson, artist and secretary to the director of Delgado Museum of
Art, Hutson is considered primarily self taught. He began
sketching in pastel as early as 1905, but it was not until 1908 that he
began painting actively. His earliest subjects were pastels of French Quarter buildings, but he
eventually turned to nature studies and later to historical and
Hutson progressed from pastel to
watercolor. Then in 1923, he began painting in oil with a series
he called the "Fantastics" based on subjects from the Bible and the
Classics. There were three one man exhibitions of Hutson's work at the
Delgado Museum of Art in New Orleans (now the New Orleans Museum of
Art) in 1931, 1948, & 1965, the last major retrospective.
Hutson began to establish a national reputation in 1917 when one of his
works was shown at the New York Independent's Show with other pioneers
of modern American painting. After his death, his reputation grew
with exhibitions in New York City, Washington, D.C., and throughout the
South. In The Encyclopedia of New Orleans Artists 1718 - 1918, Hutson described himself as an "amateur"and it was written that art
historians consider his work to be an exponent of modern abstract
Charles Hutson died in New Orleans in 1936 at the age of 95.
Charles W. Hutson, A Retrospective Exhibition (Catalogue), Isaac Delgado Museum of Art, New Orleans, 1965.
Encyclopedia of New Orleans Artists, 1718 - 1918, The Historic New
Orleans Collection, 1987.
Janis, Sidney. They Taught
Themselves: American Primitive Painters of the 20th Century. New York:
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