National Trust for Historic Preservation

The Art of First Lady Ellen Axson Wilson

The President Woodrow Wilson House welcomed back The Art of Ellen Axson Wilson- American Impressionist. 

The body of work Mrs. Ellen Axson Wilson left behind is valuable not only in documenting her skill as a developing artist, but also as a record of her life as a wife, mother, reformer, and First Lady. Heavily influenced by the popular American impressionist movement, Ellen’s work incorporates the themes, brushwork, color, solidity, and interest in plein-air painting that are hallmarks of the impressionist school. One of only a few female artists engaged in the movement at the time, Ellen showed remarkable talent as well as a willingness to balance her artistic career with her family and her duties as First Lady.

Before returning to the President Woodrow Wilson House, this exhibition was on view in Rome, Georgia (Ellen’s birthplace and where she is buried).  The Rome Area Council for the Arts put together a wonderful video highlighting Ellen’s life. Please click here to view the video on the Rome Area Council for the Arts website.

Did you miss this encore exhibition? Take advantage of the great opportunity to view this exhibition virtually through the Google Art Project. Please click here to view the great works of Mrs. Ellen Axson Wilson.

The exhibition will run from December 3, 2014 through March 8, 2015. Gallery admission is included in the ticket price.

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