Exhibition Overview

Forty-six paintings record, unforgettably, four years of history. Red Grooms has been painting the Civil War for over 20 years. Growing up in the South, close to the battlefields of the epic struggle, he turned to its battles and key players to paint large and small-scale works for the exhibition The Blue and The Gray. In oil and graphite, on sliced logs and wood, he records the faces of steely-eyed generals, femme fatale spies, crusading abolitionists, and teenaged African American soldiers. Each year Grooms adds another face and another perspective to The Blue and The Gray. In 2016 using paper much like the cloth squares of a quilt, Grooms has assembled a monumental drawing of Sojourner Truth, a female Black activist who joins a panalopy that includes General George Custer, standing tall and with the attitude for which he is famous, and Grooms’ tryptych of Robert E. Lee that shows the embattled general growing grimmer as the flag behind him changes from Confederate red to Union blue.

The Blue and The Gray is based on an exhibition organized by the Tennessee State Museum.

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Objects in the Exhibition

The President (and his son)

Magenta Lincoln

15 ½ x 5 ¾ inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 1996 Medium: Oil on wood

Thomas Tad Lincoln

9 ½ x 9 x 2 ½ inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 2014 Medium: Acrylic on wood

Lincoln in Beersheba

29 ½ x 21 5/8 inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 2010 Medium: Oil on wood
Generals and Officers

General George B. McClellan, after Mathew Brady

8 ¼ x 4 ½ inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 1996 Medium: Oil on wood

General Irvin McDowell and Staff, after Mathew Brady

10 ½ x 13 ¼ inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 1996 Medium: Oil on wood

General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard

17 ½ x 20 inches
Private Collection

Date: 1999 Medium: Oil on wood

William Tecumseh Sherman, after Mathew Brady

8 ½ x 5 ½ inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 2002 Medium: Oil on wood

General Heintzleman Entertains Friends

5 ½ x 10 ½ inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 2010 Medium: Acrylic on wood

General Grant

13 ¾ x 12 ¼ x 2 7/8 inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 2010 Medium: Acrylic on wood

Stonewall Jackson
Two Weeks Before His Death
at Chancellorsville

12 ¼ x 9 ½ inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 1996 Medium: Acrylic on wood

General Robert E. Lee
on Traveller

6 ¾ x 9 ¾ inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 2010 Medium: Acrylic on wood

Three Lees

6 ¼ x 18 7/8 inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 2003 Medium: Acrylic on wood

Major General Custer

51 ½ x 13 5/8 inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 1999 Medium: Oil on wood

Tent Summit, Generals Davies, Gregg, Sheridan, Merritt, Torbert and Wilson, after Mathew Brady

6 x 7 ¼ inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 1996 Medium: Oil on wood

Lieutenant Colonel W. T. Poague, Artillery Man

14 x 12 x 2 inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 2000 Medium: Acrylic on wood

General Kirby Smith

11 x 7 3/8 inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 2014 Medium: Acrylic on wood

General Ord and Family

14 ¼ x 16 ½ x 5 inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 2010 Medium: Acrylic on wood
Battle Scenes

A Twelve-Year-Old Boy’s
Civil War

28 ½ x 22 ½ inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 1949 Medium: Color pencil on paper

Battle of Shiloh

72 x 96 inches
Private Collection

Date: 2014 Medium: Acrylic on canvas

The Fall of Fort Sumter

15 ½ inches, round
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 2002 Medium: Oil on wire spool

Skirmish at Split Rail Fence

50 x 60 inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 2009 Medium: Oil on canvas

Pickett’s Charge

7 ¾ x 11 ¾ inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 2009 Medium: Etching

The Grim Reaper’s Harvest

10 ¾ x 17 inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date:2014 Medium: Acrylic on wood

Death on a Misty Morning

4 3/8 x 15 3/8 inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 1996 Medium: Oil on wood
Soldiers

New York Fire Zouaves

12 ½ x 14 ¼ x 2 ¼ inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 2010 Medium: Acrylic on wood

Group of Contrabands

5 3/16 x 8 ¼ inches
Private Collection

Date:2010 Medium: Acrylic on wood

Part of the Federal Garrison at Fort Negley, Nashville

5 ¾ x 11 ¼ inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 2014 Medium: Acrylic on wood

Armed and Ready

17 ½ x 12 ½ x 10 inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 2016 Medium: Acrylic on cedar, mounted on cedar post

Cavalry Officer

5 ¾ x 7 7/8 inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 1996 Medium: Oil on wood

Letter From Home

26 5/8 x 14 ¼ inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date:2003 Medium: Oil on wood
Spies and Detectives

Pauline Cushman, Actress and Union Spy

12 ¼ x 6 ¼ inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 2010 Medium: Acrylic on wood

Belle Boyd, Portrait of a Spy

5 5/8 x 6 ½ inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date:2010 Medium: Acrylic on wood

Major Allan Pinkerton Detective Agency

10 ½ x 12 x 2 ½ inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 2010 Medium: Acrylic on wood
Citizens and Leaders North and South

Frederick Douglass 1818-1895

9 x 7 1/8 inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 2009 Medium: Etching

Justice Taney & Dred Scott

14 ¾ x 16 1/2 inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date:2010 Medium: Pencil and ink on wood

Sojourner Truth

52 x 33½ inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 2016 Medium: Pencil on paper

John Brown

15 ½ x 12 3/8 inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 2009 Medium: Ink and acrylic on wood

Walt Whitman

11 ¼ x 11 1/8 x 3 ¾ inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 2014 Medium: Acrylic on wood

Jefferson Davis

9 x 5 3/8 inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date:2010 Medium: Ink on wood

Old Times Not Forgotten

12 ¼ x 24 ¼ inches
Private Collection

Date: 2009 Medium: Oil on wood

Dear Diary,
Lucy Virginia Smith French

33 ¼ x 25 ½ inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date:2014 Medium: Acrylic on illustration board mounted on wood
Fighting the War

The Gunboat Mendota on the James River

5 ½ x 14 inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 2000 Medium: Acrylic and ink on wood

The Pivot Gun

11 ¾ x 28 inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date:2002 Medium: Oil on wood

Stonewall Jackson’s Fence
General Martin McMahon and Staff Stonewall Jackson
General Thos. H. Neil, Russell and Martindale
John Brown
Six Men in Front of a Tent

43 1/2 x 12 x 2 3/4 inches
Framed: 56 x 20 x 3 1/2 inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 1999 Medium: Ink on wood

Marching to the Tune

7 ½ x 9 inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 2009 Medium: Etching
Memorial

Asleep Are The Ranks of The Dead, (Francis Miles Finch 1827-1907)

34 x 17 ¼ inches
Framed: 40 ½ x 22 ½ x 14 inches
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Date: 2010 Medium: Mixed media, a collaboration of Red Grooms and Lysiane Luong Grooms