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As If Art Itself Devised It: The Virginia of Eldridge Bagley Folk Paintings

September 26, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


June 17th – January 7th || The Morris Museum of Arts 

Eldridge Bagley’s paintings evoke a time when relationships among family members and friends, as well as a life rooted in agrarian values, religion, and patriotism, merited celebration. Traditions that spring from a shared sense of community and a sense of connectedness are all aspects of his art. His work captures a lifestyle widely thought to be vanishing. Self-taught, he was inspired to make art by his chance discovery of the work of Grandma Moses in Reader’s Digest. From that moment, a lengthy career creating art that is as instantly recognizable for its style—detailed, colorful, layered—as for its subject matter steadily evolved.

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