Connoisseur – “A discerning judge of the best in any field.” “A person who is especially competent to pass critical judgments in art, particularly one of the fine arts.”
A connoisseur is one who has developed an acute perception about a particular style or genre of art, one who has acquired a discerning knowledge about the characteristics of the works they collect. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the William King Museum of Art has created an exhibit to honor connoisseurship in our region, highlighting the collections of twelve connoisseurs living in Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. This exhibition is both eclectic and broad in scope, representing movements, artists, and time periods from around the globe from Asian carving and French Rococo design to 18th century English silver and American social realist paintings. The common thread, of course, is the work itself, each piece revealing the passion and discerning eye of its collector, each collector a living embodiment of what it means to be a true connoisseur.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.