Knoxville in Knox County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Charles Christopher Krutch
Most summers, even up into his 80s, Krutch took a train to Sevierville, hopped on a wagon and headed up to the mountains, often spending weeks at a time living with mountain people, where he prepared sketches of the landscapes before returning to Knoxville to paint them. One of his favorite places to sketch was the Chimney Tops in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Known for his atmospheric watercolors and oil paintings, Krutch painted with both brushes and fingers to achieve what has been dubbed "the changing 'moods' of the mountains," inspiring his nickname, the "Corot of the South."
Coming from a gifted musical family (one of his relatives played piano at the White House) Krutch also served as organist at St. John's Episcopal Church, and Church of the Epiphany, the precursor to St. James Episcopal Church on
Krutch Park is not named after this artist but rather his nephew, Charles Edward Krutch, a TVA photographer who left money to the City for a downtown park. Krutch Park was completed in 1985. Another nephew was Joseph Wood Krutch, a well-known critic, biographer, and naturalist.
Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee
Special thanks to the Knoxville Museum of Art
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Churches & Religion • Parks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Knoxville History Project - Downtown Art Wraps series list.
Location. 35° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 531 South Gay Street, Knoxville TN 37902, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tennessee Ernie Ford (here, next to this marker); Gay Street (here, next to this marker); Gay Street and the Civil Rights Movement (a few steps from this marker); Creation of the Southeastern Conference (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of John H. Crozier Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Blount College (within shouting distance of this marker); Tennessee Theater (within shouting distance of this marker); The Everly Brothers (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Knoxville.
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Also see . . . Knoxville History Project. Downtown Arts Wraps take plain traffic engineering boxes and turns them into stunning canvasses portraying the artwork of some of the important Knoxville or East Tennessee artists from the past. Art Wraps engage the public to discover the city’s rich artistic (Submitted on June 5, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2023. It was originally submitted on June 4, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 259 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 5, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 4. submitted on July 25, 2021, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. 5. submitted on April 30, 2023, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.