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Passionate Observer - Eudora Welty among Artists of the Thirties

Passionate Observer

Eudora Welty among Artists of the Thirties

Edited by Rene Paul Barilleaux
Hardcover : 9781887422062, 84 pages, May 2002

A handsome and informative book featuring Welty among her peers in painting, photography, and other arts during the 1930s


This companion publication to a marvelous exhibition at the Mississippi Museum of Art (from April 6 through June 30, 2002) presents a selection of Eudora Welty’s black-and-white photographs taken in the 1930s and shows how this acclaimed writer’s second career as a photographer produced works that rank favorably with the visual art of her contemporaries.

More than just a chronicle, this book features Welty among artists of her Deep South region (Walter Anderson, Richmond Barthé, William Hollingsworth Jr., Marie Hull, John McCrady, and Karl Wolfe) and from the nation (Berenice Abbott, Thomas Hart Benton, Margaret Bourke-White, Walker Evans, Edward Hopper, Dorothea Lange, Ben Shahn, Marion Post Wolcott, Grant Wood, and others).

Included are twenty-seven of Welty’s photographs and reproductions of other artworks from the exhibition, most in full color.

This book is an exciting revelation of Welty, known chiefly as a fiction writer, as a power among visual artists as well.