One of the things on my To-Do list for November is to go down to the Mississippi Museum of Art and spend time looking at the big exhibit on Jackson artist Marie Hull, “Bright Fields: The Mastery of Marie Hull.”
Marie Atkinson Hull (1890 – 1980) remains one of Mississippi’s most significant artists and teachers, beloved by generations of collectors and students, including renowned artists such as Andrew Bucci. Curated by acclaimed concert pianist and Mississippi native Bruce Levingston, Bright Fields: The Mastery of Marie Hull features approximately 100 works in various media, drawn from the Museum’s own unsurpassed collection of Hull’s work as well as those found at Delta State University, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the University of Mississippi Museum, and many private collections.
The “Hull” part of Marie Hull’s name came from her husband, architect Emmett J. Hull. Emmett may have met Marie after his father, F.B. Hull bought the house now known as the Lowry House in 1910. (It’s now owned by MHT and is the setting for tonight’s 10 Most Endangered Places unveiling.) Marie lived nearby, and the two were married in 1917. If you’ve been by the Lowry House, you may have noticed the Craftsman-style entryway with its multi-light doorway and small-paned sidelights and transom. It appears that this entry, along with other alterations like the columnar screen and a couple of mantels inside, were the work of either F.B. himself or Emmett, who had recently returned from New York, where he received two years of architectural training at Cornell and worked as a draftsman.
I’ve already featured the Hull house, designed by Emmett in 1923, here on MissPres, but I thought it was worth highlighting again because it fits with our Mississippi Craftsman theme and is at the heart of a couple who were integral to the Jackson and larger Mississippi art scene through much of the twentieth century. The Hulls were friends of Walter Anderson, and according to several sources, took him in on weekends when he was “staying” at the state hospital at Whitfield. Emmett lobbied hard for Anderson’s submission to do the mural in the Eastland federal building, but lost out when the feds chose Simka Simkhavitch instead (and the rest of us lost out too–I think Anderson’s would have been grand).
One of my favorite features of the Hull house, second only to the fabulous variegated barrel-tile roof, is the Asian-inspired interlocking stickwork column capitals. Otherwise, the geometry of the casement windows provide the functional ornament on a straightforward and boxy volume.
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