Ocean Springs, MS
In the summer of 1927, Walter Anderson was awarded a scholarship to study abroad in France and Spain. During his travels, Anderson found that he was not as inspired by the museums as he was the cave paintings of Les Eyzies and the cathedrals, particularly Chartres. For the young artist, the most inspiring aspect of Chartres was the combined effort of generations to build the great cathedral. Anderson was also intrigued by Chartres because of the access to art that it provided common people. Chartres, as well as the caves of Les Eyzies, inspired his love of murals and the creation of the religious icons that are featured in this exhibition.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.