Joanna Higgs Ross (Nashville, TN, born 1934) polymer tempera on board abstract landscape painting titled "The Green and White Orchard" depicting a copse of dark green trees on a white and tan ground against a light grey sky. Title, artist name "Joanna Higgs", and medium, en verso. Housed in a wooden frame with white painted rabbet edge. Sight – 15 1/2" H 17 1/2" W. Framed – 21" H x 23 3/4" W. American, mid 20th century. Biography: Joanna Higgs-Ross was born in Nashville and is associated with the "Knoxville Seven", a group of progressive artists connected to the University of Tennessee which included Richard Clarke, Robert Birdwell, C. Kermit Ewing, Walter H. Stevens and Carl Sublett. She majored in art at UT Knoxville, and received a B.F.A. in 1956 and received her M.F.A. from University of Illinois in Urbana in 1961. She taught art at Lambuth College in Jackson, TN, 1961-1982. Paintings in public collections include Tennessee State Museum, Knoxville Museum of Art, and Memphis Museum of Art. Recent exhibitions include the Tennessee Arts Commission and Knoxville Museum of Art. (Source: the Tennessee Arts Commission). Provenance: Estate of Olen Bryant, Cottonwood/Clarksville, TN. CONDITION: Overall very good condition.
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