“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Knoxville in Knox County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Charles Krutch

(South Carolina 1849 - 1943 Knoxville)

Charles Krutch Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, July 4, 2021
1. Charles Krutch Marker

Born of German parents who settled in the area before the Civil War, Charles Christopher Krutch spent most of his life in Knoxville, the family home not far from here at 914 East Hill Avenue. Without formal training, Krutch worked throughout his life as a professional portrait photographer for several local studios.

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 (his brother Oskar once 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
Charles Krutch Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, July 4, 2021
2. Charles Krutch Marker
St. John's Episcopal Church can be seen in the background.
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on Broadway. He is buried in New Gray Cemetery.

Nearby Krutch Park is not named after this artist but rather his nephew, Charles Edward Krutch, a Tennessee Valley Authority 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.

This painting is featured in the Knoxville Museum of Art’s permanent exhibition,
Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee
Special thanks to the Knoxville Museum of Art

Downtown Art Wraps are coordinated by the Knoxville History Project, an educational nonprofit with a mission to research and promote the history and culture of Knoxville. KHP's educational articles and publications feature colorful characters, bizarre tales, interesting buildings, curious traditions, as well as seriously influential local events. Learn more at

Untitled, late 1920s
Watercolor on paper, 12 x 14 inches
Knoxville Museum of Art, 2008 bequest of the estate of Frank B. Galyon
Erected by Knoxville History Project.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music. A significant historical year for this entry is 1985.
Location. 35° 57.709′ 
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N, 83° 55.142′ W. Marker is in Knoxville, Tennessee, in Knox County. Marker is at the intersection of Cumberland Avenue and Walnut Street, on the right when traveling west on Cumberland Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. James Park House (within shouting distance of this marker); First Baptist Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lawson McGhee Library (about 400 feet away); Albert Milani (about 400 feet away); Rotary Club of Knoxville (about 600 feet away); Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds (about 600 feet away); Knoxville: A Divided City (about 600 feet away); Treaty of the Holston (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Knoxville.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 25, 2021, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 65 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 25, 2021, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.

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Nov. 26, 2022