Dorinda Evans has tackled a daunting subject. William Rimmer didn’t explain his artworks to the puzzled critics; he mostly refused to offer them for exhibition or sale; he often chose subjects from his personal spiritualism that defy interpretation. No wonder he has remained a mystery to art historians, despite his reputation as one of America’s most inspired teachers. Dr. Evans' holistic approach to his life and art offers us our first clear view of this misunderstood but highly influential artist. Through extensive reading of period sources and clever sleuthing to find consistent threads in his art and life, she elevates Rimmer once again to the American art pantheon.
Director Emerita, Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery