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SALT LAKE CITY -- Two Salt Lake Museums are exhibiting the works of Utah painter LeConte Stewart, which marks the first ever joint collaboration between the LDS Church History Museum and the University of Utah Museum of Fine Arts.
Born in 1891, Stewart became an accomplished artist and beloved teacher. Over a 75-year period, he created nearly seven thousand works of art, which he described as the "raw side of life."
At the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, the LeConte Stewart exhibit is titled "Depression Era Art," which contains about 80 pieces.
"Thinning the paint down with turpentine, bringing homes in closer, looking at dilapidated areas," said curator Donna Poulton, "it's kind of a real empathy for what was happening during the Depression."
Stewart's "The Soul of Rural Utah" exhibit is located at the Church History Museum, where 120 of his famous landscape paintings fill two rooms. Stewart could paint two of the large works in a day.
"LeConte didn't just paint what he saw as a camera would record it, but as how he felt about it," said senior exhibit developer Robert Davis. "It was mostly the act of doing it. He wasn't interested in selling the pieces or exhibiting them necessarily."
One painter; two museums; 200 works; all of which, making a statement about the importance and legacy of Utah artist LeConte Stewart.
Both exhibits opened Thursday and will remain at the museums through Jan. 15, 2012.