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East Tennessee Nocturne

Lloyd Branson (1853-1925)


Oil on canvas

12″H x 21 3/4″ W Framed


With the moon rising on an eastern Tennessee river, this nocturne beautifully captures a full moon on a summer night. The painting is a lovely example of Branson’s work.


Enoch Lloyd Branson (1853–1925) was an American artist best known for his portraits of Southern politicians and depictions of early East Tennessee history. One of the most influential figures in Knoxville’s early art circles, Branson received training at the National Academy of Design in the 1870s and subsequently toured the great art centers of Europe. After returning to Knoxville, he operated a portrait shop with photographer Frank McCrary. He was a mentor to fellow Knoxville artist Catherine Wiley, and is credited with discovering twentieth-century modernist Beauford Delaney.


WHY WE LOVE IT: Our favorite time of year is in the summer when the moon is full and you can almost drive without your headlights on. This painting has that same effect.